Organic agriculture shows that it is possible to grow food without the use of glyphosate and neonicotinoids
Fortunately, there is also good news, said Engelsman: "For decades, organic farmers have shown that you can produce food without glyphosate, neonicotinoids and other disastrous chemicals. Our True Cost of Food campaign shows that there is a 19 cent societal gain for every kilo of organic apples compared to conventional apples. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hence, it is only commonsense to make organic products free of VAT. "
Government task to protect common resources
The "No VAT on Organic" campaign is run by the organic specialty stores such as Ekoplaza, Natuurwinkel, Odin and Gimsel. With the petition, they want to show the Dutch House of Representatives that organic food is currently wrongly charged. It is the duty of the government to protect and maintain our water resources, climate, biodiversity, soil and health for both current and future generations. Environmentally friendly organic farming is an effective solution.
True Cost Accounting in Food, Farming and Finance
Over the past years, Volkert Engelsman and the Eosta team has worked hard to reveal the true cost of food. The research report “True Food Accounting for Food, Farming and Finance”, which was developed in collaboration with the FAO, Soil & More International, EY and various other parties, shows that the social and environmental costs of organic food are much lower than those of conventional foods. "Organic food is not too expensive, but conventional food is too cheap," says Engelsman.
If you want to support the cause, you can sign here: WWW.GEENBTWOPBIO.NL