In industrial agriculture the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers on monocultures has led to land degradation, pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Reaching the Global Goals requires a transition to more sustainable food and farming systems that maintain ecosystems, that are better adapted to climate change and can improve soil quality.
During the last decade there has been a rapid development and a great increase in organic farming, both in the Nordic countries and in the rest of Europe. This development is due to an increased marked, but also due to an increased interest in society because organic farming contributes to a better environment and a healthier animal husbandry.
Research has shown that organic farming has led to an increase in the number of plant, insect and animal species compared to industrialised agriculture, making it an important tool that significantly reduces the loss of biodiversity.
The growing trend calls for both perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit. To realise their sustainability goals, the farmers have organised together, drawn up regulations and launched independent control bodies that certify products as organic.
Nordic Ecolabelling strives to promotes the use of organic products and raw materials where feasible to increase the share of organic food and cotton in Ecolabelled products.
Nordic Ecolabelling requires that organic food be certified according to the EU regulation, for example by KRAV in Sweden, Debio in Norway, Luomu in Finland and Ø-mærket in Denmark. It must carry the national organic label or the EU organic logo. This verifies in a trustworthy and simple way that organic food is used.
Come and learn how the Nordic countries are embracing the ever-growing demand for organic products and the challenges the industry faces in achieving its goals.