Organic Agriculture (AE) is mentioned explicitly in one of the 6 main items of the budget that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) has submitted to Parliament in 2008, specifically in the section of industry competitiveness food and food quality. Although this item is intended total of € 102.28 million, an increase of 18.8% for the year 2007, organic agriculture is intended within a much smaller amount of shares to support agribusiness and technological plans sectoral promotion and quality. The 63.68% of the funds requested would be sent to the promotion of agricultural industrialization.
Although the other 5 major lines of measures that appear in MAPA can also mean support for AE, SEAE believes in a first assessment of the budget devoted to the MAPA, AE remains rather limited in these budgets, considering the many benefits of organic agriculture to society. In any case, do not reflect its importance and potential, or define it to be the bet of the future for agriculture by the MAPA. At the level of MAPA, it is still considered a more productive sector and not as the engine for sustainable rural development.
According to various studies supporting organic agriculture and reducing the negative impact on natural resources, by not using synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides that have the potential to contaminate soil and water (surface and groundwater), provide higher quality foods, improved biodiversity, soil fertility and organic matter content, reduce fossil energy use, helping to mitigate climate change. Also generate more jobs and attract more and more young people to rural and farming. All these environmental, social and food that makes this farming efforts not currently recognized by the market price at harvest. They should be compensated by other mechanisms, such as state budgets.
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SEAE demand a greater budget allocation in 2008 to support the development of agriculture and organic food, considering that it helps to mitigate climate change, as noted in several studies and reports on the Program Grow Your Weather that this entity is developing with a grant from the Ministry of Environment.
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