Organic Action Plan

Denmark has taken the transition from industrial to ecological agriculture very seriously. It has developed and implemented rules for organic farming and has the highest organic market share in supermarkets. By developing and implementing the Organic Action Plan, from 2011 the government of Denmark aimed to further develop and increase organic production. Furthermore, the Danish Organic Action Plan wants to double the organically cultivated area by 2020, measured from the 2007 level. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, engaging the relevant stakeholders in Denmark was perceived as an essential factor. The government of Denmark wanted the public sector to lead the way and to accelerate the development. Therefore, one objective was to transition from conventional to organic production on publicly owned land. The second objective was to continue efforts to support public sector kitchens to go organic. The vision is that more than 800’000 people could benefit from healthy, organic meals served every day in canteens, hospitals and nurseries. Since Denmark’s Organic Action Plan was adopted in 2011, the organically farmed area has grown by 57 per cent, and sales of organic products by shops has more than doubled. Within these years, sales of organic products to professional kitchens in Denmark have increased by approximately 170 per cent, and 30 municipalities are currently in the process of making their kitchens go organic. Policies that have been developed to support organic farming have played a key role in realising the significant organic results achieved in Denmark. However, the success of this operation is due mainly to the collaboration between farsighted farmers, organisations and politicians that has turned Denmark into the world’s leading country for organic products.