Buying French organic tomatoes out of season is possible again

Fresh Tomato
Published Jun 30, 2023

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France's compromise on greenhouse heating for organic farming, put in place in 2019, has been repealed by the Council of State. The decision was made because the French authorities were deemed "not competent" to regulate organic production and marketing, as it is already governed by European regulations. The compromise aimed to dissuade organic market gardeners from heating their greenhouses by prohibiting the sale of certain organic vegetables during winter months, but it did not apply to imported products.
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Torn between supporters of greenhouse heating in the name of economic rationality and those of organic farming that respects the cycle of the seasons, France had reached a compromise in 2019 which was repealed on Wednesday by a decision of the Council of State. The highest administrative court found that the French authorities were "not competent" to enact new provisions relating to the production and marketing of organic products, already governed by a European regulation. In 2019, the arbitration found under the aegis of the Minister of Agriculture at the time Didier Guillaume sought to close the battle between historical organic players and producers wishing to accelerate its development. This compromise did not prohibit organic market gardeners from heating their greenhouses, but intended to dissuade them from connecting the heating by prohibiting the sale of summer vegetables (tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, aubergines and cucumbers) with the organic label between December 21 ...
Source: Pleinchamp
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