Organic production and consumption

The aim of organic production is to achieve food production that both protects animals and the environment and which is competitive in the long term. In March 2006 the previous Government submitted the written communication Organic production and consumption: Objectives and focus until 2010 to the Riksdag (Govt. Comm. 2005/06:88). The communication set out the objectives for organic production and the focus for work on organic food consumption in the public sector in the period until 2010.

Organic production is governed by regulations that are common to all EU countries. The regulations not only apply to cultivation of plants and animal husbandry but also to processing, labelling, import and control of organically produced agricultural products and foodstuffs. They set a minimum level that must be followed by everyone who produces or handles organic products.

The Swedish Board of Agriculture is responsible for organic production at the farm and the National Food Administration for issues concerning organic food. The Swedish Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment is responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations, and for approving supervising bodies.