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. Fertilisers and plant protection products can only be used to a limited extent and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are forbidden in the production and 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 organic logo can only be used on products that have been certified as organic by an authorised control agency or body. This means that they have fulfilled strict conditions on how they are produced, transported and stored.
The Working Group on the Food Chain deals with the incorporation into the EEA Agreement of legislation regarding organic production.
Organic production is covered by Annex II, Chapter XII of the EEA Agreement.
DG Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) - Organic production