Organic refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products. Practices vary worldwide; however, organic foods are generally grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilisers or routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones. The organic food production system strives for minimal disruption of the natural equilibrium while ensuring the production of high-quality food.

To ensure that organic farmers and processors produce or process foods in accordance with organic legislation, designated control bodies and authorities certify and inspect each organic practitioner. Compliant produce is required to carry the EU organic logo.

Organic food and farming: Scientific facts and consumer perceptions

30 October 2013

Organic farming in the EU is a system of agriculture and food production that combines favourable environmental and animal welfare standards and is supported by EU law...

Are organic foods safer or healthier than conventional alternatives?

10 March 2012

Researchers at Stanford University, USA conducted a systematic review of published literature to determine if organically produced foods are safer or healthier than conventionally...

Systematic review finds no difference in nutritional value of organic vs. conventional foods

13 April 2010

Organically produced foodstuffs are not richer in vitamins and minerals than conventionally produced foodstuffs, conclude researchers in a systematic review...

From farm to fork: The farm, beginning the food chain

06 June 2006

Modern farming does its utmost to guarantee quality and safety in food production - thus addressing concerns that are uppermost in consumers' minds today.