August 18, 2003: The EU has announced it will
fund a three-year study of organic food and farming in
32 (EU and EFTA) countries. The project called the European
Information System for Organic Markets (EISFOM) will analyze
the current market situation for organic food and develop
proposals for a comprehensive statistical system needed
to advance the organic sector.
Despite rapid growth, organics now make up 4% of European
agriculture, the organic markets are detrimentally lacking
in basic economic tools required to monitor their position
in marketplace. The study, which will be conducted by
the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, will develop the
reporting tools investment and policy makers need to make
sound business decisions in relation to the organic market.
Dr Nic Lampkin of the Institute of Rural Studies, University
of Wales Aberystwyth, and co-ordinator of the project
said: "At present, the levels and methods of data
collection vary from country to country and much important
information is missing entirely."
Therefore, the EISfOM project aims to develop a framework
for reporting valid and reliable production and market
data on the European organic sector, in order to meet
the needs of policy makers, farmers, processors, wholesalers
and other actors involved in organic markets.