Organic Farming

Organic Farming is a specific system of farming that aims to produce quality food in a manner beneficial to the environment and to wildlife. Organic farmers practice farming in accordance with standards, which have been formulated for crop and livestock production. The purpose of these standards is to develop a system of farming that co-exists with other systems, sustains soil fertility and protects the environment, wildlife and non-renewable resources. The use of pesticides and herbicides is therefore prohibited

Farmers interested in converting to organic status should contact the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), which provides certification for farmers, growers, processors and retailers ( Consumers purchasing products that claim to be organic should check that it carries the required certification.

The current national policy guiding organic farming is the Review of Organic Food Sector and Strategy for its Development 2019-2025. More information on organic farming can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website.


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