Recently, the Danish government has publicly announced its plans to convert the country’s entire agriculture into organic and sustainable farming. If this happens, Denmark will become the first 100% organic country in the world.
For many people around the world, this may be one the most ambitious plans of the 21st century. But, if we take into account the fact that Denmark has already proven its love for organic produce, this does seem to be an achievable goal.
This Scandinavian country has a bigger tradition in the production of organic food than most countries in the world. For example, Denmark’s national organic brand will soon celebrate 25 years in business – making it one of the oldest organic brands in the entire world. Moreover, since 2007, the export of organic produce has increased by a whopping 200 percent.
The Økologiplan Danmark (in English: Organic Action Plan for Denmark)!
The government will try to turn Denmark into 100% organic country by working on two different fronts – their first aim is to turn traditional farmland into organic, while the other goal is to stimulate the demand for organic products.
According to the 67-point plan drafted by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries of Denmark, the main goal is to double the agricultural land cultivated with organic methods by 2020. The Organic Action Plan for Denmark explains that the land which belongs to the government will be cultivated using organic and biodynamic methods, while the small-scale farmers will receive both finances and support to transform their own crops to be 100% organic (this also includes livestock). In addition to this, the Danish government will also provide finances for the development of new technologies and ideas that promote growth
The second part of the plan involves promoting the nation’s transition to organic. For that purpose, all institutions in Denmark should be on board with promoting the use of pesticide-free, biodynamically-grown crops and produce. The first target is to ensure that 60% of food served to the public is organic. Respecting this initiative particularly applies to schools and hospitals.
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