Organic Production

Organic production is a comprehensive system of farm management and food production that focuses on biodiversity, preservation of natural resources, environmentally friendly practices, high animal welfare standards and the use of natural raw materials. In organic production, fertilizers and plant protection products can only be used to a limited extent. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are forbidden in organic production and in the processing of organic products. Products made according to rules for organic production are labelled with the EU logo or a national logo for organic production.

The Expert Group on Organic Production deals with the incorporation into the EEA Agreement of legislation regarding organic production. The Expert Group is currently considering a new Regulation on organic production which entered into force in the EU on 1 January 2009.

Organic production is covered by Chapter XII of Annex II of the EEA Agreement.

See also:

DG Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) - Organic production