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Proposal from the Board of Agriculture on new goals for organic farming

Published: 04 June 2012

The Swedish Board of Agriculture proposes to maintain the target of at least 20 percent of the Swedish agricultural land to be grown organically. In the current situation about 15 percent of the agricultural land are organically managed. The Board of Agriculture also proposes targeted actions to increase the share of organic production in the plains. This is to achieve the greatest environmental benefit of the money spent on promoting organic production.

The Board of Agriculture has had an assignment from the Government to propose new targets and measures for the next Rural Development Programme 2014–2020. The inquiry has been based on analyzes of the extent to which organic production contributes to achieving overall societal goals such as the Swedish environmental quality objectives. Also the capacity for Swedish ecological production to meet market needs for a variety of organic products has been analyzed.