By Deirdre Tynan • 23 September 2021 • 13:30
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The EU has decided to celebrate European organic food with the launch of EU Organic Day.
EU Organic Day will celebrated on September 23 every year. The new initiative is designed to highlight and promote organic produce grown in the EU area.
Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski said, “Today we celebrate organic production, a sustainable type of agriculture where food production is done in harmony with nature, biodiversity and animal welfare. 23 September is also autumnal equinox, when day and night are equally long, a symbol of balance between agriculture and environment that ideally suits organic production.
“I am glad that together with the European Parliament, the Council, and key actors of this sector we get to launch this annual EU organic day, a great opportunity to raise awareness of organic production and promote the key role it plays in the transition to sustainable food systems,” he added on September 23.
According to the EU, Organic production comes with a number of important benefits. Organic fields have around 30 per cent more biodiversity, organically farmed animals enjoy a higher degree of animal welfare and take less antibiotics, and organic farmers have higher incomes and are more resilient.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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