In 2015 alone, Denmark begun the journey to a 100% organic nation and accumulated around €53 million whilst doing so. Back in 2013, many will remember Bhutan’s ambition to become the first 100% organic nation in the world but Denmark believe that they could now provide stiff competition as far as this is concerned.
With regards to the amount of organic products exported, Denmark currently sits at the top of the pile not only in Europe but in the world. In addition to this, they boast one of the oldest organic brands in the world who will soon be celebrating their 25th anniversary. In the last decade alone, Danish exports of organic products have increased by 200%. In recent years, the trend to go for pesticide-free foods has only grown stronger and so the government has decided to accumulate over €50 million to complete the transformation.
According to reports, they are growing closer to their target and have two plans in place to stimulate growth – firstly, they are looking to take traditional farmland and turn them into organic farms in order to meet and encourage even more demand. Just recently, the country released a document nearly 60 pages long which included an aim to double organic agricultural land by 2020. If a piece of land is owned by the government, they will cultivate it using biodynamic and organic methods and then provide the necessary finances to small farmers who work independently to transform the crops into 100% organic. Additionally, new technologies will be developed through funding which should allow for even more growth.
Going back to the report, the second plan of action is to promote the transformation. Across the country, the move to organic will be promoted and schools will make the transition so that over half of the available menu served contributes to the goal. As well as schools, many hospitals and other government-led institutes will also be expected to widen the array of organic foods on offer.
Whether they reach their goal or not, it is certainly an ambitious aim for Denmark and only time will tell us whether they can achieve the unthinkable. Even if they fail in their attempts, it will certainly give a lesson to the world in what can be done to improve organic crops.