‘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.
This is an agricultural system based on principles. These principles are the roots from which organic agriculture grows and develops. At the same time they express the contribution that organic agriculture can make to the world. Composed as inter-connected ethical principles to inspire the organic movement — in its full diversity, they guide our development of positions, programs and standards.
Principle of Health – healthy soil, plants, animals and humans = a healthy planet
Principles of Ecology – emulating and sustaining natural systems
Principle of Fairness – equity, respect and justice for all living things
Principle of Care – for the generations to come
for more information please see: IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)