17 Feb '12, 4pm

Europe-US Partnership Creates Huge New Market for Organic Foods

Europe-US Partnership Creates Huge New Market for Organic Foods

It may not be a victory for local food activists, but a new deal brokered this week between the U.S. and the European Union marks a big step forward for expanding organic agriculture. Under a deal announced yesterday by trade representatives for each region, products certified as organic by either the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the E.U.'s Agriculture and Regional Development department are authorized for sale in either Europe or the U.S. "To help reduce paperwork and expenses, the arrangement is simple in its aim: it recognizes that the EU and the US have credible organic certification systems and that we share common perspectives about what constitutes the production of organic products," wrote Dacian Cioloş, the EU's agriculture commissioner, and Kathleen Merrigan, the USDA's deputy secretary, in an op-ed in the Guardian . The arrangement further opens up the worl...

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