Since the turn of the century, European cities, towns and regions have played an increasingly important role in promoting organic agriculture, the organic industry and organic food.
The source of inspiration and the impetus came from the work of Città del Bio, the Italian network of organic cities. They demonstrated the need, the possibilities and the benefits of promoting organic agriculture and food. Ultimately, the idea of founding an organic cities network at European level is due to the dedication demonstrated by Città del Bio since the year 2003.
As a consequence, there is a wealth of expertise and experience at the local level on how to contribute to a European agricultural policy that pursues food security and sustainable development, improves the quality of life of local and regional residents, and contributes to achieving the objectives and targets set out in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.
The fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change. The EU 2030 Agenda will further catalyse a joined-up approach between the EU’s external action and its other policies and coherence across EU financing instruments.
Organic Cities Network Europe also harnesses this expertise to promote thriving, competitive organic farming within and outside of Europe, boosting choice, creating employment and improving health outcomes, particularly for children and young people. The Network also responds to the strong desire amongst European consumers to access local, seasonal and affordable food, and to support local farmers and producers. Accurate, consistent and reliable labelling of organic products form a core component of more informed consumer choice in this context.