Nowadays, agriculture is facing challenges such as the exponential increase in deforestation, exposure to climate change, soil degradation and fresh water consumption. As a result, more sustainable forms of food supply, coupled with technology and research, such as vertical farming, are increasingly being considered.
Considering the current expansion of this activity, the vertical farming sector is encountering certain limitations when it comes to applying for some sustainability standards. For instance, obtaining certifications such as Eco Label, to attest that the food generated by vertical farming is sustainable. Startups in the sector claim that these tough standards are blocking the food sources development and research that share the same ecological objectives as those set by Brussels.
Let's start with a brief introduction of what the EU Ecolabel consists of, how it works and in what situation companies such as ours are left with.
What is the European Ecolabel?
The Ecolabel is an organization founded in 1992 and its objective is to certify Type I environmental labeling systems.
There is usually a 7-step application process in which the company must demonstrate that its product meets strict ecological criteria.
It is recognized in all European Union countries, including Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. This label is a seal of approval that signifies that the product being purchased contributes to reducing pollution. The eco-label is therefore only awarded to companies based on the ecological criteria indicated.