Published: 03/18/2006 - Updated: 06/08/2014
Author: Prof. Dr. Luis Ruiz-García
Agricultural Organizations and the Committee on Organic Agriculture in Aragon (CAAE) require maintaining this certification in the future Law on Food Quality, currently pending in the courts.
The Committee of Organic Agriculture (CAAE) and organizations OUAGA, UPA and ASAJA require that future Food Quality Act, currently pending in the courts of Aragon, ensures the maintenance of a system of public certification of organic agriculture and livestock. This request is part of a list of suggestions that moved Friday to the various parliamentary groups.
Currently, holders of such productions can choose to attend private certification or request the same service through the public system, something that will accommodate the vast majority of farmers, explained CAAE president, Antonio Ruiz. The draft law is in the process eliminating this second option and therefore the choice of the employees is limited.
Ruiz confessed not understanding why the wording of this text has not been taken into account the "prestige" that had gained control and certification being carried out for ten years by the Committee of Organic Agriculture, or technical capacity in this area with the unit of Agrifood CITA, body control and certification of products. "We think it is a lapse of who has drafted the text," ironically, since the public system of certification, as well as guaranteed in Europe, is located in other autonomous communities.
If allowing holders of productions to choose between public and private certifiers doesn’t happen, which are cheaper, this is "discriminating" to organic agriculture, a variant that is grown in Aragón in over 74,200 hectares and is made the productive system "more respectful" to the environment and that offers maximum security to the citizens.
CAAE The president hoped that the groups consider the draft of the future Law on Food Quality and incorporate this proposal. Otherwise, Ruiz said, "we charged over organic agriculture and now it has been shown to have great potential and that our products are highly valued abroad."
What cannot be done, concluded Ruiz, is "to close the door" to the sector. Therefore, if they remove the public system of certification, he said, "we must resort to the Justice of Aragon, the Ombudsman or the Constitutional Court" because "they cannot remove a right in this way that we already have."
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