Organic Farming in Denmark

Denmark is evidently serious about making a success of its organic farming efforts. Aside from having the highest market share of organic products in the world, it is also one of the top ten countries in Europe having the biggest cultivated area for organic farming purposes. The organic area continues the grow in the same way that its market share in the total food market does.

Danes are especially fond of organic dairy products, oatmeal, and vegetables. Eggs and milk are the leading organic products in their list. Their special preference for organic products has resulted to importing which far exceeds the amount of products it exports. This is the reason why the Danish government is aiming to have at least 15 percent of the country’s land area dedicated to organic farming.

Organic production has been integrated into Danish agricultural policy since the 1980s. This is very much consistent with the country’s thrust towards agricultural methods that are more environmentally friendly. The inspiration for this alternative growing system came from other countries like Germany and England. However, the need to find solutions to problems related to conventional farming proved to be the more compelling reason to push for alternative methods.

There are efforts as well coming from the private sector that promote organic farming. One of these is the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. This is a group of farms, families and projects that are directly related to organic production. The aim of organizations like this is to spread interest and knowledge about organic production. These organizations offer travel opportunities by participating in the needed work in exchange for free board and lodging. 

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