Organic Policy: Learning from Denmark

10 September 2013

Soil Association Scotland has produced a new case study, which provides fascinating insight into how Denmark has become a global leader in organic food and farming. The study also proposes how, with the right vision and support, Scotland could benefit from similar organic success.

Despite the recession, organic sales around the world have been booming in contrast to the UK, though we have seen growth over the last few months. Success in growing the market, even during tough economic times, has been achieved in other European countries like Denmark by strong government backing for not only supporting organic production, but also creating consumer demand. The national Danish organic certification logo, introduced by the government in 1987, is known by 98% of all Danish consumers making it one of the best recognised brands in Denmark.

Today, Denmark has one of the highest market shares of organic food and drink in the world, and has ambitious targets for future production and consumption. The country’s appetite for organic food and drink has not happened by chance. Every significant Danish environmental and rural development policy since the mid-1990s has used organic food and farming as a key policy driver.

Critically, the Danish Government recognises the huge market role that cities and towns play in the organic food supply chain and consequently invests in initiatives which target consumers, retailers and large catering services including schools and hospitals. These investments are supported by firm targets for organic production and procurement of organic products by public institutions.

Find out more about how we can put learning from our Danish neighbour into practice by reading our case study.

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