24.08.2012

Organic food should not be limited to affluent consumers in wealthy countries – as we believe that access to healthy food is a fundamental human right. Organic farmers have pioneered a number of sustainable technologies, allowing researchers to fine-tune solutions that can in turn be adopted by non-organic farmers, as was the case for the use of pheromones and the introduction of beneficial fungi as antagonists to soil-borne pathogens.

Commitment. Increased funding for research in organic farming production processes is urgently needed to develop sustainable food systems. For example, research is needed to establish the impacts of residues in food on human and animal health as well as for the definition of a public health policy actively supporting a more sustainable consumption. However, more money is not enough. Political will, civil society commitment and public determination are required to overcome the challenges posed by the changes to move towards sustainability.