Cyprus shows support with an organic week

NICOSIA, Cyprus, June 13, 2003 - The rift over genetically modified food continues to grow, as another country chooses a side. This time it is tiny Cyprus. The Cypriot government recently announced plans to launch a week of organic farming as a way of showing its support for developing organic farming in its country.

In 2001, Cyprus introduced a certification system defining acceptable organic growing practices and now looks to expand the number of farmers running government-approved organic operations. It hopes the week of programs, presentations, and information on running and launching an organic farm will help inspire its countrymen to transition from conventional methods.

Cypriot organic regulations are in line with EU legislation, reported the Cypriot News Digest.