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Milestones of organic production development

  • In Ukraine
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2019
The “organic” Law of Ukraine was applied

The Law of Ukraine “On the Main Principles and Requirements towards Organic Production, Circulation and Labelling of Organic Products” was applied. It was adopted by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on July 10, 2018.

2019
Ukraine became one of the 5 main exporters of organic products to EU

According to the European Commission, Ukraine took the 4th place in the world in organic production export to the EU in 2017 ― 266741 tons, it’s 8,2% of the overall organic production imported to the EU.

2018
The presentation of the first official organic video clip “Organic in Ukraine”

The first official video was recorded by the company “Plan C” for the request of Ukrainian business representatives of the organic sector, and it was initiated by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. The creation of the video was made possible thanks to support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) under the project “Organic market development in Ukraine” (implemented by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland)) and Western NIS Enterprise Fund financed by the United States Government via U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Video available on our web portal in the Knowledge base section – For sharing.

2017
“Ukrainian Organic Cluster” was registered

The public organization “Ukrainian Organic Cluster” was founded. It unites organic producers from all over the country.

2017
At the exhibition “BioFach”, the Ukrainian national pavilion was presented for the first time by the deputy minister of Minagropolicy

It was the first time the Ukrainian national pavilion was supported by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine at the “BioFach” exhibition, and the Ukrainian organic sector was presented by the Deputy Minister.

2016
The official logo for Ukrainian organic products was presented

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The Ukrainian logo for the labeling of organic products was officially presented.

2016
The start of the portal “OrganicInfo”

It was the start of an information web portal aimed to promote organic production and organic food.

2015
Organic production was announced as one of the priorities in the development of agricultural sector

For the first time, the development of the organic market was added to the Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development 2015-2020 and announced as one of the priorities in the development of the Ukrainian agro-industrial sector. Unfortunately, the strategy wasn’t approved by the government and kept being just a recommendation document.

2014
The official support plan for organic production was first included in the state budget

In 2014, there were changes made to the Strategy for support and development of the agro-industrial complex in Lviv region 2013-2015 aimed to provide support for organic producers, in particular reimbursements for inspection and certification procedures. Lviv region was the first to adopt the possibility of government support for organic producers.

2014
The official opening of the first Ukrainian national pavilion at BioFach

The Ukrainian pavilion was first presented at the exhibition “BioFach” ― the biggest exhibition of organic products in the world.

2014
The Law of Ukraine “On production and turnover of organic agricultural products and raw materials” entered into force

It was the main legislative act in the sphere of organic market regulation and was replaced by the Law of Ukraine “On the Main Principles and Requirements towards Organic Production, Circulation and Labelling of Organic Products” in 2019.

2013
The association of certified organic producers “Organic Ukraine” was registered

“Organic Ukraine” is focused on consolidation of Ukrainian certified organic producers for the organic market development in Ukraine and for the creation of a wide range of high-quality local products that would fully meet the demand of the population.

2011
The first sub-regional review research on a “green economy” was conducted for Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine

UNEP along with governments, national and international organizations, that work in the sphere of agriculture, food production and economic development, initiated the sub-regional review research on a “green economy”. Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine were the first countries of the sub-region where the national projects aimed to prepare the research took place. The research contains suggestions regarding political reforms, investments and measures to be taken for a transition towards a “green economy”. In addition to the research, the initiative is aimed to perform some other work that would make the transition possible, in particular consulting regarding the transition and popularization.

Publication available on our web portal in the Knowledge base section – For sharing.

2009
The first National fair of organic products was organized

The first National fair of organic products took place in Lviv. Since then, the fair has been organized annually and become the traditional meeting point for supporters of organic production.

2009
For the first time, Ukrainian organic products were presented at BioFach

At the 20th international exhibition of organic production BioFach in Nuremberg (Germany), Ukrainian products were presented for the first time.

2008
The opening of the first specialized store “Natur Boutique”

 “Natur Boutique” was the first store specialized in organic production and it was opened in Kyiv.

2007
The first Ukrainian organic produce appeared in shopping centers

On the shelves of the big supermarket networks in Kyiv, Ukrainian organic production appeared for the first time. These were the traditional for Ukraine groats: barley, wheat and pearl barley.

2007
The Ukrainian certification body “Organic Standard” was registered

 “Organic Standard” is accredited and included in the official list of the certification bodies recognized in the European Union, Switzerland, Canada and many other countries on the post-Soviet space. 

2005
The Organic Federation of Ukraine was registered

The organization aims to promote the values and worldviews usual for supporters of the global organic movement, also the increasing efficiency of agricultural production with the simultaneous development of safe technologies both for people and nature, and the development of the organic movement in  Ukraine.

2004
The Association of organic producers “BIOLan Ukraine” was registered

The organization was founded with the aim to protect the interests of organic producers. Its priorities are: building a network of organic producers in Ukraine, formation of the internal organic market, development of the legislation and regulatory framework for organic production in Ukraine.

2003
The first documentary about organic production was released in Ukraine

The TV-documentary on organic agriculture “Where the city ends” was created by the Information Center “Green Dossier” with support of the office of the Counsellor of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ukraine. The film was broadcasted on UT-1, UT-2, Tonis channels.

Video available on our web portal in the Knowledge base section – For sharing.

1997
An agreement on technical and financial cooperation was signed between Ukrainian and Swiss governments

Thanks to this agreement, technical assistance projects were made possible, in particular regarding the development of organic agriculture in Ukraine. The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs has been providing Ukraine with constant support in the sphere of organic production and organic market development starting from 2014.

1996
The first organic enterprise was registered ― PE “Agroecology”

In fact, the first organic production started at the Ordzhonikidze collective farm in 1978. So that’s the year to be considered as a start point for organic production on the Ukrainian lands and also “Agroecology” founding.

1994
The international charity organization Information Center “Green Dossier” was registered

The organization promotes the principles of sustainability in society, their integration to national policy and government programs via spreading objective information about ecological and social issues to mass-media, local communities, authorities and business — thus engaging them into action.

2021
The new “organic” EU Regulation will be applied

The new EU Regulation 2018/848 was adopted on May 30, 2018. It has entered into force since 17.06.2018 and will be applied on January 1, 2021.

2019
30 years of BioFach

BioFach ― is the world’s leading exhibition of organic products that is organized annually in Nurnberg (Germany). 51,5 thousand people from 143 countries visited the exhibition in the anniversary year, and the number of exhibits was more than 3,2 thousand.

2014
Canada and Japan agreed on mutual recognition of organic standards
2013
The USA and Japan agreed on mutual recognition of organic standards
2012
A regulation on mutual recognition of standards between the European Union and the USA entered into force

The agreement on consolidation of efforts between the European Union and the USA was signed in 2012. It was aimed to encourage the organic production development, protect organic standards and simplify imports/exports of organic products. According to the regulation that entered into force on June 1, 2012, the organic EU standards were considered equal to the US National Organic Program (NOP). Thus, the products certified in EU countries and the USA can be sold as organic in both regions without passing any additional certifications, though, there are some exceptions.

2010
“Euro-leaf” became an official organic logo in the EU
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The so-called “euro-leaf” (a star leaf on a green background, the organic logo adopted in the European Union) became an official label of organic products in the EU. The author of the logo was a student from Germany who had won an open competition, which the European Commission had been organizing for almost one year. 

2009
The USA and Canada signed an agreement on mutual recognition of organic standards

The USA and Canada signed an agreement on mutual recognition of organic standards.

2007
There were updates made to organic legislation in the EU

Since 2007, the government regulation of the organic production sphere has been implemented on the basis of Directive №834/2007 in the EU. The Directive defines general frameworks and principles of organic agriculture, requirements to production of agricultural products, their processing, food production, characteristics and labeling, inspection/monitoring of organic products, including the products imported to the EU. The Directive covers all the EU countries. In Ukraine, organic certification is usually performed under this standard. 

2002
Uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products were established in the USA ― National Organic Program (NOP)

On demand of the United States Department of Agriculture, uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products were established in 2002 ― National Organic Program (NOP). Before that, all the states had their own legislation on the production and distribution of organic products. The uniform national standards for organic production aimed to ensure common organic standards across the country.

2000
Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) was adopted

Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) ― is a national Japanese standard used for the certification of producers for the Japanese organic market. First, JAS was used for organic plants and processed organic plant-based products. Later, the standard had evolved and, starting September of 2005, JAS become applicable for organic livestock products, processed organic animal products and organic feeds.

1991
The first regulation on organic production was adopted in the EU (EU Regulation 2092/91)
1981
The foundation of Bio Suisse

With the founding of the Federation of Swiss organic farmers (Bio Swiss (Bio Suisse)), a new modern era had begun for organic agriculture. The same year, the first unified methods for organic agriculture were developed in Switzerland.

1980
“IFOAM basic standards concerning organic production and processing” were made public

IFOAM developed the first “IFOAM basic standards concerning organic production and processing”. The standards are being constantly improved and recognized worldwide. Today, IFOAM has its own international accreditation program for certification bodies active in organic agriculture. The accreditation is based on IFOAM standards and is carried out by the IOAS, an international accreditation body founded by IFOAM.

1973
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) was founded

FiBL – is one of the world’s leading research and information centers for organic agriculture.  The institute places a high priority on developing strong links between different fields of studies and quick knowledge transfer from science research and advisory work ― into agricultural practice.

1972
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) was founded

In Versailles (France), one of the world’s biggest and influential organizations was founded ― the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). It unites organizations of 120 countries across the world. The main goal of IFOAM is the dissemination of principles and practices of organic agriculture, regardless of national and language barriers.

1967
The Soil Association developed its first organic standards

Soil Association organic standards had been developed during the 30-year research at the Suffolk farm. This research, entitled the Haughley Experiment, helped to develop the first Soil Association organic standards in 1967. Their main principle was that only “the living soil” should be the basis for successful organic farming. 

1946
The Soil Association was founded

The Soil Association was founded in 1964 by a group of people preoccupied with the impact of intensive farming systems after the Second World War.

1943
The first experiment comparing organic and conventional agriculture was conducted

Lady Eve Balfour initiated a comparative study of organic and conventional agriculture in 1939. The experiment took place close to the town of Haughley (Suffolk County, Great Britain). At two neighboring farms, two opposite areas of agriculture were implemented ― organic and conventional. The results were thoroughly monitored, checked and compared. This was the first experiment of such kind. Lady Eve Balfour presented the results of the study in “The Living Soil”, a book that was published in 1943. The experiment and publishing of the book prompted the forming of the Soil Association, a propaganda group of the organic movement in Great Britain.

1943
The first book about organic agriculture

The book “An Agricultural Testament”, in which Albert Howard described a concept called the “Law of Return”, was published. Later, it had become the definition of organic agriculture. While being an agricultural advisor in India, during 1905-1924, Sir Howard had seen that natural methods of farming used in India were much better than those advised by modern agricultural science. Sir Howard is considered the father of organic agriculture as he was the first who scientifically justified the benefits of organic farming.

1924
The world’s first organic agriculture course

In the summer of 1924, Rudolf Steiner presented a course that was later named the first organic agriculture course. It was held for a group of more than one hundred farmers.

Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on biodynamic approach to agriculture were published in 1925. And though Steiner was motivated by spiritual and philosophic reasons, and not scientific, his teaching about biodynamic farming became the early version of what is now called “organic agriculture”.