European Union and United States Agree to Historic New Partnership on Organic Trade

Uploaded by usda on 02.03.2012

Welcome to Biofach 2012 - the world’s largest organic foods trade show.
Biofach is held every February in Nuremberg, Germany, and more than 2,500 exhibitors and
44,000 trade visitors attend. This is a truly international show, attracting exhibitors
and guests from over 130 countries.
On February 15 of this year, the United States and the European Union chose Biofach to announce
an important new ‘ partnership that makes it easier to trade in organic foods. The US
and EU are the world’s first and second largest organic producers, respectively, so
this a very significant step forward.
The new arrangement, which comes into force June 1, allows products certified as organic
in the US to be sold in the EU, and vice versa. It gives a huge boost America’s growing
organics sector, provides higher incomes for our organic farmers and ranchers, more opportunities
for small businesses, and jobs for folks who package, ship, and market organic products.
It is, truly, a win-win.
(video of signing ceremony) Today, this historic arrangement was concluded by:
- Kathleen A. Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- -Islam Siddiqui, Ambassador & Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
- Dacian Ciolo?, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Let us now listen to the various speakers how they see the benefit of this arrangement:
Ciolos: First of all, organic farmers and food producers will benefit from easier access
with less beurcoracy and less cost in both the US and EU markets.
Merrigan: …USDA is exicted about bringing folks together to do good things through a
mutually beneficially trade arrangements. Today is the culmination of a decade negotiation
and collaboration and cooperation that have brought this document to the table. This arrangement
connects organic farmers, companies, and communities on both sides of the Atlanic with new market
U.S. Biofach Exhibitor 1: High, my name is Sally Cox we are with an export trade management
company called Excel Trade Ltd. from Seattle, Washington, in the United States. We represent
some of the leading organic brands from America. Many of them are third generation coming from
an agricultural background where the founding grandfathers were actually farmers, organic
farmers. Not long ago they saw the necessity of getting into sustainable agriculture. That
matches the birth of the organic industry in American. We are just thrilled to have
access to the EU with the signing of the new trade agreement. We ship to over 60 countries
but have not been able to market our products in Europe up until this great news that we
have coming announced at Biofach. We are very excited to have access to the EU. And as I
say, ‘don’t panic, its organic!’
U.S. Biofach Exhibitor 2: I’m Wayne and I from Colorado. It is my first time here
at the Biofach exhibit. We are from a family farm in Colorado. We are certified by the
Colorado Department of Agriculture. This agreement will help us to export to the EU. Colorado
has more organic wheat acres than any other state in the US. Because of this agreement,
exports of Colorado and US organic wheat should increase significantly to the EU.
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