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26th September, 11:00 am - 14th November, 11:30 am
The European Input List
Organic production aims to maintain and to create a sustainable agro-ecosystem, approaching in this way the concept of functional integrity of ecosystems. It intends to produce high quality, nutritious and safe food. This sometimes requires the application of inputs, such as fertilizers, plant protection products, feed additives etc. in order to optimally fulfil the nutritional requirements of plants and animals, as well as to keep them healthy. The EU organic legislation setsclear rules regarding the materials used as inputs, but leaves the question of commercial products to the certifiers.
With the raising organic production, also the need for such inputs has significantly increased within the last years. Input manufacturers and distributors supply the market with a wide variety of commercial products for different purposes. Such products are sometimes complex mixtures of different components while input certification or their thorough evaluation is not mandatory. For organic farmers and inspectors, it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine whether an input can actually be used or not, especially because not all the ingredients are indicated on the label of the inputs. Nevertheless, consumers expect that only allowed inputs are used in the production of organic foods.
Addressing the issue of the integrity, safety and authenticity of organic produce at the very early stage of production, namely the primary production, FiBL has developed a system for input evaluation that has been proved successful for over two decades and has been continuously extended to more European countries. A team of experienced experts at FiBL review and evaluate the full composition of each input, which means active substances as well as all co-formulants (that are mostly not declared on the product label, and can often only be obtained after signing a secrecy agreement with the manufacturer). In addition to that, the production process, incl. the GMO status (if relevant) of the raw materials is verified.
Based on these evaluations, FiBL creates the so-called `Input Lists` which are positive lists containing those inputs evaluated by FiBL and proven to be in line with the requirements for organic production. In collaboration with national partners, the Swiss and German FiBL institutes publish national Input Lists for Austria, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. In addition to that, they publish additional Input Lists for growers’ associations in these countries. National Input Lists consider further criteria, as national registration, national legislation and private standard requirements of organic growers’ organizations (e.g. Demeter, Naturland etc.). In February 2018 finally the European Input List, and the corresponding online tool have been launched at Biofach in Nuremberg, with the aim of providing a one stop shop for organic producers (farmers, processors) as well as authorities, control bodies authorities as well as input manufacturing companies. The Input List online search tool can be consulted free of charge by any interested party.
Nordic Organic Food Fair is dedicated to promoting the organic food industry to food buyers from the Nordic countries and across Europe. This is an event with purpose and sound, sustainable principles. It will be promoted in close consultation with the industry to establish itself as the definitive networking, learning, social and, of course, business event of the year.