On Thursday, European Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos spoke before the advisory group, contributing to a reform of EU policy on organic agriculture.
Commissioner Ciolos said to the consultation group that the EU organic sector stands "at a cross roads." He told those assembled, "[Organic] is increasingly recognized by the public as a benchmark for sustainable production" and claimed that the more ecological nature of organic farming has been acknowledged in Common Agriculture Policy reforms, which are also progressing through the EU's legislative bodies.
The Commissioner added that "Demand for healthy foods, locally and sustainably produced with a strong identity is constantly increasing." He said, "Organic is well positioned to respond to this dynamic," though he explained that the principal future challenge facing the organic sector will be to reconcile meeting increased demand with maintaining the organic principles and "ensuring organic farming does not fall victim to its own success."