Last Thursday, the webinar ‘organic raw materials; developments and challenges’, under guidance of Bernd van de Meulen (food legal consultant), a number of interesting speakers were willing to share their views on the future of organic production.

Bavo van den Idsert, who works as an association manager at OPTA, kicked off with a presentation in which he gave insight into the expected developments of the organic market in the (near) future. You can find the presentation of Bavo van den Idsert here.

Subsequently, Diederik Samsom, cabinet chief of EU vice-president Frans Timmermans, gave the latest status regarding the future of organic products via a live connection. He cited, among other things, the Organic Action Plan recently launched by the EU Commission. It sets out how 25% of all agriculture growth will be organic by 2030, this compared with the current 8%.

In between the presentations, the participants were asked to answer a number of poll questions, so that, among other things, it became clear what the public opinion is on the ambitions of the Farm to Fork strategy and the expectations regarding the market share of organic in 2030.

Van Traa Lawyers Silvia Gawronski and Marc van Maanen, specialized in food law, spoke about the challenges and the prevention of liability regarding (de)certification, which they both eloquently call the “jungle”. You can find their presentation here.

All in all, a successful webinar that, in the opinion of all parties involved, can certainly be continued.

 You can watch the full webinar here.