History of Danish organics

History of Danish organics

March 2020: Louise Kaad-Hansen

The history of Danish organics starts in the early 1960s where the organic method of cultivation develops from a scientific branch to todays explosive growth in the sale of organic products. 

Denmark is a country with high ambitions for organic food production and organic farming.

In 1987, Denmark was the first country in the world to launch an organic state control label guaranteeing that products that bear the red organic label comply with the rules for organic production. Ever since, Denmark has had ambitious policies that has resulted in Denmark being the world leading organic nation.

Today, organic sales in Denmark continue to set a record and now 11.5% of all grocery sold in the Danish retail sector is organic. Furthermore, more than half of the Danes – more specifically 51.4 percent – buy organic food every single week.

Danish organic highlights during history

2020: The Danish red organic label celebrates its 30 years’ anniversary.

2018: Denmark is awarded silver in the UN Future Policy Awards for one of the most efficient organic initiatives in the world

2012: The Danish government enacts a plan for 60% organic food in public kitchens and for doubling the organically farmed area in Denmark to 15% by 2020.

2009: Introduction of the Organic Cuisine Label, which is a free state-controlled labelling scheme for eateries. The Organic Cuisine Label enables public kitchens and restaurants to brand themselves according to the percentage of organic products which they use.

1995: The Danish government develops the first of two action plans to further the organic food production in Denmark.

1990: Introduction of the organic state controlled label that guarantees that products that bear the red organic label comply with the rules for organic production.

1987: The Danish Parliament passes the first Danish act on organic agricultural production.

1982: The first organic carrots are sold in grocery stores. The amount produced is small. Likewise, consumer interest is low. 1981: A number of farmers establish the first organic association in Denmark. The association draws up the first Danish code of practice for organic production.

1975-1980: A small number of Danish farmers start systematically cultivating produce without chemical fertilisers and pesticides. 

1962: Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" draws attention to the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment.