Originally, organic farming was a localised, self-regulating agricultural practice driven by distinct ethical values. In the last decades organic agriculture has undergone significant growth and development, and now it exhibits organic industries and international trade.

Today there are a large number of different standards, labels and certification bodies, and this is confusing for consumers, traders and the organic farming industry. The EU regulation 2092/91 (pdf) can therefore be of high importance for the credibility and harmonisation of organic standards.

The overall objective of this project is:

To provide recommendations for the revision and further development of the EU Regulation 2092/91 and other standards for organic agriculture.

Specific objectives are:

To identify the basic ethical values and value differences of organic agriculture in Europe and develop a procedure for balancing and integrating the basic values in developments of EU regulation (WP2)

To compare the organic standards from national and private organisations in Europe with the EU regulation in order to give recommendations on further harmonisation of the EU regulation (WP3)

To provide more knowledge on how to achieve 100 % organic rations in diets for livestock (WP4)

To provide more knowledge on how to reduce the use of seed and vegetative propagation materials from conventional sources in organic farming (WP5)

To discuss and disseminate project results with stakeholders (WP6).

For more information please contact

Erik Steen Kristensen, DARCOF, Denmark (scientific coordinator)

Lizzie Melby Jespersen, DARCOF, Denmark (administrative coordinator)


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