Organic production in the world

The development of the organic movement in the world:

  • In 1924 Rudolf Steiner gave the first “course” in organic production in Kobierzyce, Poland. In Germany, he published the book Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture, published in 1924, popularizing biodynamic production.
  • Sir Albert Howard’s book (1940), The Agricultural Testament, was influential in promoting organic techniques.
  • In 1939, under the influence of Sir Howard, Lady Eve Balfour performed a Haughley Experiment on a farm in England. This is the first comparative (published) example of organic and conventional production. Four years later, she published The Living Soil, an invention-based book. The book results in the formation of the Soil Association, which still exists today.
  • In the 1970s, pollution caused the first campaign in the United States for the consumption of locally grown food “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food”. Today, the campaign has grown into a state strategy.
  • In 1972, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) was established in Versailles, France, dedicated to disseminating information and principles of organic production across national and linguistic borders across countries.
  • In the 1980s, organic production was defined around the world, laws and standards were passed
  • In the 2000s the markets for food, cosmetics, health, and home products grew significantly. More and more countries are setting up formal government certifications: in 2002 in the US, 2005 in China, 2006 in Canada.

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• The first comprehensive survey to compare conventional with organic production (FIBL).