Organic farming is the most environmentally compatible form of agriculture. Yet ‘organic’ means more than just farming without synthetic chemicals. A holistic philosophy and a farming cycle as complete as possible, with a diverse structure, are the principles and prerequisites of successful organic farming. The natural resources of soil and water are used in an environmentally compatible manner and are preserved for future generations.
New regulations for animal husbandry on organic farms
Organic production is constantly undergoing change. New challenges also reflect new regulations for whose implementation organic farmers need first-hand Information.
The Organic Farming Action Programme 2015-2020
The objective of the Organic Farming Action Programme is to promote and significantly develop organic farming by means of priority measures.
The trend towards eating out is increasing. More and more people enjoy the pleasure of somebody else cooking for them. However, this might be a little tricky if you want to have ORGANIC meals on your plate.
35 years of organic regulations
What is organic food and how is it produced? This is the question experts from all the different types of production facilities asked themselves 35 years ago. Today, the definition can be found in the EU Regulation for organic food and farming. Originally, the definition was governed by Austrian specifications and resulted from the accomplishments of pioneers in the field contending with strong resistance.
Research about organic production in Austria
Numerous research institutes provide the results that constantly modernise organic farming.
Organic Eprints, the organic research database and DAFNE
Organic Eprints is a freely accessible database offering numerous research results from the field of “organic food production”.
European Union (EU)-wide organic research projects
“CORE Organic” is an initiative of the European Union aimed at promoting research on organic farming by cooperation among Member States.
What does organic farming mean?
Organic farming is the most environmentally compatible form of agriculture. Yet “organic” means more than just farming without synthetic chemicals.
Labelling of organic foods
For details about the labelling of organic products, please see the ‘Bio’ websites of AMA Marketing GmbH, of the Federal Ministry of Health or of the organic farming association Bio Austria.
Organic seeds database of Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
Organic farms must use organic seeds at all Events.
The trend towards organic farming continues
The trend to organic farming continues to hold in Austria. Expanding to around 25 percent of utilized agricultural area in 2018, the share of organically farmed areas has reached a new record high. As a consequence, one out of four hectares is organic, and one out of five holdings is an organic farm. Fruit growers account for a particularly large share.
Organic farming is a strictly regulated and stringently controlled system. It is of importance especially in Europe but increasingly also in other continents.
Organic food production is playing a continuously increasing role all over the world. Austria is a pioneer in this field.
The Organic Farming Action Programme of the BMLRT
BMLRT’s Organic Farming Action Programme serves as a guideline for the support of organic farming planned in Austria in the next years.
Promotion of organic farming
The promotion of organic farming is a key agro-political concern in Austria. Numerous subsidisation schemes guarantee support on the part of the State.
New design of the Austrian Paying Agency (AMA) Organic Seal
An organic seal for organic food. Organic foods bearing the AMA Organic Seal (so far AMA organic label) must at 100 percent be made of ingredients from organic farming and have to show a lot more: