Organic, biodynamic, ecological, local production
Organic agriculture is a national focus area, and the goal is for 15 per cent of food production and consumption in Norway to be organic by 2015. Feed, compost and fertiliser shall be produced in a manner that supports nature’s own processes, and should be utilised locally to the greatest extent possible.
What is organic food?
Organic food is a result of organic production methods. In brief, organic food is produced on nature’s own terms, and in a manner that respects animals’ natural behaviour and needs as much as possible. At the same time, strict requirements apply to production methods and the products shall maintain a high level of quality.
Production and processing
Organic foods shall be produced with minimal use of additives. The use of genetically-modified organisms or products, artificial fertilisers or chemical/synthetic pesticides is not permitted. Artificial colourings are not allowed either.
Environment and animal welfare
The production of organic food aims at avoiding damage to and deterioration of the natural environment and its inherent biological diversity. Animals should be able to exist in harmony with their nature and distinctive character. All animals shall have the possibility of movement, and not just in the grazing season. There are minimum requirements concerning space and sunlight that pertain to their stabling indoors. The animals receive organic feed.
Overview of some organic producers
Here are some of the farms and sales outlets that offer organic food in Northern Norway:
- www.kjerringoygard.no Kjerringøy Gård (cheese factory, bakery, farm store and demonstration farm near Bodø)
- www.marthahaugen.no Martahaugen Gård (farm with restaurant near Sortland)
- www..aalan.no Aalan Gård (farm store on Vestvågøy)
Here are some suggestions for websites where you can find more information about food for the conscientious traveller:
- www.regjeringen.no (Norwegian Goverment) -
- www.bioforsk.no (Public information about food) -
- www.fylkesmannen.no (County Governor in Nordland).
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