First of all, people in Denmark have a great appreciation for organic food. Their country’s national organic brand has been in business for 25 years, making it one of the oldest organic brands in the world.
Plus, the Danish government is working in multiple ways to convert the entire country’s agriculture into organic and sustainable farming. Last year, they released an ambitious, 67-point plan to double organic farming, and to serve more organic food in the nation’s public institutions by 2020.
Why is this important? And what lessons can the U.S. and other countries learn from the Denmark example?
5 Reasons why organic food is important
1.Organic food is needed to feed the world.
2.Organic food has less pesticides exposure.
3.Organic foods are more nutritious and taste better.
4.Organic foods help achieve biodiversity and soil fertility.
5.Organic foods have no GMOs.
Denmark’s organic action plan
Denmark’s plan to turn the country into an organic country is the “world’s most ambitious,” according to the country’s Food and Agriculture Minister Dan Jørgensen. Yet their goal makes sense.
Denmark is already way ahead of other countries in the production of organic food. They are the world’s leading nation in organic food consumption. And since 2007, their organic exports have increased by 200%.
As part of the plan, government land will be cultivated using organic and biodynamic methods only. The government will also support and finance people working and investing in this sector to develop new technologies and ideas.
A second goal of the plan is to increase demand for organic products. Which, as we’ve seen, is already high. The first target is to increase the amount of food served by the government to the public to 60%. This means schools (beginning from nursery schools), hospitals, and non-privatized cafeterias. Every day, the country’s national public institutions serve about 800,000 meals a day, so the impact is large.
Other areas of Denmark’s government are taking part, too:
- The Defense department will move toward organic food served at bases and in other related cafeterias.
- The Ministry of the Environment is committed to converting many of the areas it manages into organic farming.
- The Ministry of Education is also playing a role, and will teach children and teens about the importance of organic farming in school, as well as increase nutrition-based education classes and programs.