More than 70 % of Europeans say they trust organic products. However, nearly 60 % of them would favour an improvement of the control system. Consumer trust is about more than just quality. It's also about protecting the environment, providing good conditions for animals, and boosting rural development.
Organic production combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources. It is a production method using natural substances and processes. Organic production delivers public goods contributing to the protection of the environment.
The application of high animal welfare standards respecting species specific needs, is part of the principles of organic production. This includes the selection of appropriate breeds and husbandry practices as well as the maintenance of animal health by encouraging the natural immunological defence of the animal. The wellbeing of livestock must be ensured throughout the whole production process.