Organic farming is a way of producing food that respects natural life cycles. It minimises the human impact on the environment and operates as naturally as possible, in accordance with objectives and principles including the following:
Organic farming is part of an extensive supply chain, which also includes food processing, distribution and retailing. Each link in this chain aims to deliver the benefits of organic food production in terms of:
The EU has developed comprehensive rules on organic production, processing, distribution, labelling and controls.