The principles of the International Federation of Organic Production and Processing

Section B General principles, Recommendations and Standards1. The Principle Aims of Organic Production and Processing
Organic Production and Processing is based on a number of principles and ideas. They are all important and are not necessarily listed here in order of importance.

•To produce food of high quality in sufficient quantity.
•To interact in a constructive and life-enhancing way with natural systems and cycles.
•To consider the wider social and ecological impact of the organic production and processing system.
•To encourage and enhance biological cycles within the farming system, involving micro-organisms, soil flora and fauna, plants and animals.
•To develop a valuable and sustainable aquatic ecosystem.
•To maintain and increase long term fertility of soils.
•To maintain the genetic diversity of the production system and its surroundings, including the protection of plant and wildlife habitats.
•To promote the healthy use and proper care of water, water resources and all life therein.
•To use, as far as possible, renewable resources in locally organised production systems.
•To create a harmonious balance between crop production and animal husbandry.
•To give all livestock conditions of life with due consideration for the basic aspects of their innate behaviour.
•To minimise all forms of pollution.
•To process organic products using renewable resources.
•To produce fully biodegradable organic products.
•To produce textiles which are long-lasting and of good quality.
•To allow everyone involved in organic production and processing a quality of life which meets their basic needs and allows an adequate return and satisfaction from their work, including a safe working environment.
•To progress toward an entire production, processing and distribution chain which is both socially just and ecologically responsible.

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