On July 12, Members of the European Parliament passed a bill to adopt the Nature Restoration Law, a move welcomed by IFOAM Organics Europe.
Jan Plagge, IFOAM Organics Europe’ President, said: “This positive vote on nature restoration gives hope that Europeans can collectively make agriculture better for nature. Organic farming is the proof that we can produce enough food while preserving biodiversity, soil and water, and there is no reason to polarize nature protection versus agriculture.”
He added: “MEPs who voted against nature restoration are not defending farmers, they are preparing a harder future and are making our food systems more vulnerable. The sterilisation of our European countryside is happening now, with toxic pesticides and habitats destruction leading to massive losses of birds’ and insects’ populations. Our survival and food security depend on healthy ecosystems. Farmers, nature, and our future should not be taken hostage by politicians playing at culture wars.”
Watch a short backgrounder video: What is the EU Nature Restoration Law?.