Great Danish Organics

Denmark has ambitious plans for its organic sector

     Denmark not only has the highest market share of organic products in the world, they probably also have the most ambitious plans for organic growth in the world.  the most ambitious plans for organic growth in the world.

     Right now approximately 7 percent of the Danish farmed area is organic and the Government's official goal is to reach 1 5 percent by 2020 and 1 00 percent by 2030! Could this really be a realistic goal, or will the rough economic times get in its way?

     Organic basic products like eggs, milk and flour have had a high market share for decades, but the last couple of years the Danish consumers have been demanding a far broader variety of products which has resulted in an increasing import.

     Unfortunately, when looking at fruit and vegetables specifically we see an almost opposite pattern.

     Basic products like carrots and potatoes still have a high market share but a lot of other products haven’t seen any increase over the past few years.

     This is confirmed by some of the major Danish organic producers. Marienlyst, one of the country’s biggest suppliers of organic vegetables has even had a 20 percent decrease in sales over the last year.

     Mogens Hansen from Marienlyst explains that the decrease in sales is a result of Danish consumers demanding cheaper groceries due to the worldwide financial crisis.

      So, how is the Danish government going to reach their very ambitious goal? Here’s a few ideas from Mette Gjerskov, the Danish minister of food and agriculture.

     All public meals should be organic in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, etc. That’s half a million meals a day.

     All government owned farming land should be organic. Right now we’re at 24 percent so there’s a pretty big potential.

     The Danish government is going to support the development of new products, both for the Danish market and with an increased export in mind.

      Better education -- When educating new farmers, schools should have an increased focus on the benefits of organic farming. Nobody really knows if these and other ideas will be enough to reach the goal, but most people are still optimistic.

     Organic sales have doubled in Denmark over the past 5 years, and in the same period organic exports have tripled, so one thing is for sure -- they’re not going to give up their organic market share world record without a fight.

     Copenhagen is the cultural, economic and government center of Denmark; it houses trade, banking, information industry and shipping. Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capitol of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century.

Copenhagen is capitol of Denmark

Denmark not only has the highest market share 

of organic products in the world, it probably also has 

the most ambitious plans for organic growth 

in the world.