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Organic Food 

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Denmark is one of the world’s leading producers and consumers of organic food and today, Danish consumers purchase more organic products per capita than any other country in the world.

Driving this development is the Danish focus on sustainability, environmental protection and animal welfare throughout the production cycle, and today organic products have 9,7 % market share in the Danish retail food industry.
As the consumption of organic food has increased, so has the organic production and over the years, the Danish organic sector has changed from being a niche sector to providing a wide range of highly competitive everyday food products, that are readily available in all Danish supermarkets and retail stores.

To further promote this development, the Danish government has set a goal of expanding the size of organic production land area from 7% of the total Danish agricultural production area today to at least 14% in 2020.

The most popular organic products in Denmark are oatmeal (44 %), natural yoghurt (41.1 %), carrots (36.6 %), cooking- and salad oil (32.9 %), eggs (31.2 %) and milk (30.7 %).

To ensure and protect the authenticity of Danish organic products, the Danish Government certifies the organic production and products and the red Danish organic Ø-label (as organic in Danish is called “økologi”) is one of the most recognised and understood labels in Denmark. This strict control of the organic production and certification also ensures that Denmark enjoys organic equivalency with many countries abroad, including Japan.

Photo Credit: Niclas Jessen