Standards

Bio Suisse Switzerland

Bio Suisse Switzerland

Governing Organization

Bio Suisse - Association of Swiss organic farming organizations

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Memberships

IFOAM Organic

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

Food Safety, Organic

Description

Bio Suisse is the umbrella association of more than 30 organic farming organizations and about 6300 farms engaging in organic production in Switzerland (included 42 farms in Liechtenstein). A Bud farm is organically managed throughout.  

Swiss farmers played a leading part in the development of organic farming. Indeed, shortly after the establishment of biodynamic agriculture by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1924), operations were started in Switzerland which utilized his methods and adapted them to the climate and structural conditions of Switzerland. In the 1940s, Dr. Hans Müller developed the organic-biological method, taught farmers about the importance of fertile soil, and firmly established the concept of sustainable organic agriculture with closed cycles in crop production. In 1974, far-sighted representatives using both these farming methods set up the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), with the mission to scientifically underpin the observa- tions made by the pioneers of organic farming. The modern era of organic agriculture began in 1981 with the founding of the Association of Swiss Organic Agriculture Organizations (Bio Suisse). This umbrella organization currently counts 30 farmers‘ associations among its members, as well as the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and the Bio-Forum Möschberg.  The first common Standards on organic farming methods were adopted in 1981 and the common logo, the “Bud” (German: Knospe) label was created at the same time. Today the Bud logo is a much sought after label which enjoys a high level of credibility among consumers.

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