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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on organic farming

Aldo Patriciello

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on organic farming  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission Green Paper entitled ‘A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies’ (COM(2013)169 final),

–  having regard to the Commission Communication entitled ‘Energy Roadmap 2050’ (COM(2011)885 final),

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas a study carried out by Andreas Gattinger from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), together with a team of researchers, has revealed that the use of organic farming techniques on all agricultural land in Europe and the US could bring about a 23 % and 36 % reduction in CO2 emissions in those countries, respectively;

B.  whereas such a sizeable reduction in CO2 emissions could represent a massive step towards achieving the climate objectives established for 2030;

C.  whereas a further study entitled ‘Environmental Impact of Different Agricultural Management Practices: Conventional versus Organic Agriculture’ states that the cultivation of land using organic techniques also enables water retention, thereby leading to an increased yield in climates with low rainfall;

D.  whereas the European Union aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40 % by 2030;

E.  whereas the climate has been the subject of recent discussion, during the COP21 forum in Paris;

1.  Calls on the Commission to improve Member State’s awareness of the potential of organic farming, in order to achieve the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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