Definition of Organic Agriculture


"Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."

Defining Organic Agriculture for the World

In September 2005 in Adelaide, Australia the General Assembly of IFOAM passed a motion to establish a succinct Definition of Organic Agriculture. A definition was needed to explain what Organic Agriculture is, reflecting its true nature and the Principles in a concise way.

After almost three long years of intensive work, the Task Force on the Definition of Organic Agriculture came up with a definition. The World Board brought the definition to the IFOAM General Assembly for ratification in June 2008 in Vignola, Italy.

Organic in Many Languages

Download the Definition of Organic Agriculture in your language. Don't see it listed below? Send us an communications [at] ifoam [dot] org (subject: Definition%20of%20Organic%20Agriculture) (e-mail) and help us translate the Definition into more languages.

DoOA - Albanian
DoOA - Arabic
DoOA - Chinese
DoOA - Danish
DoOA - French
DoOA - German
DoOA - Hebrew
DoOA - Hindi
DoOA - Italian
DoOA - Japanese
DoOA - Korean

DoOA - Kurdish

DoOA - Nepali
DoOA - Norwegian
DoOA - Portuguese
DoOA - Romanian
DoOA - Russian
DoOA - Slovakian
DoOA - Spanish
DoOA - Swedish
DoOA - Turkish.pdf
DoOA - Ukranian.pdf