Eco Ruralis (Romania)

Can an NGO set out to change farming in the country where it operates? This is the aim of Eco Ruralis, an NGO set up in 2009 by small-scale farmers from different areas of Romania. There is just one criterion for membership: to practise traditional organic farming on the basis of care for the environment.

Unlike in industrialized farming, farmers who belong to this NGO use, gather and distribute only heritage seeds. In this way they hope to preserve both Romania’s food sovereignty and above all respect for consumer health.

Eco Ruralis believes in a society that puts farming and the environment at the heart of the collectivity, with a clearly defined and enhanced role for farmers. This is the only way to achieve a society that is environmentally sustainable, economically fair and socially just. Continua a leggere “Eco Ruralis (Romania)”

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Organic Certification in Italy

The article about the European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC) from the previous newsletter caught the attention of some of our readers, who have asked for more information on organic certification in Italy. Let us go back to the subject to provide more information for those who seek official recognition of their organic produce from official Italian certifiers.

It is not yet all coded or finalized at both Italian and European level. Certification is determined by the control body, on how often its check-ups take place and on how credible it is. For this reason, many aggregations of associations and new certification consortiums came to our attention. Continua a leggere “Organic Certification in Italy”

European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC)

Only a few people are familiar with the European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC), the association for those certifying and control bodies currently in office and with authority to supervise organic agriculture in Europe.

With roots from 2010, the Council used to be a network of organizations concerned about the implications of European regulations for organic culture on their activities. These organizations subsequently funded the EOCC, a non-profit organisation ‘to increase the reliability of control and certification activities and decisions in relation to European organic agriculture’. Continua a leggere “European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC)”