The beginnings of IFOAM – Organics International trace back to a meeting in Versailles, France in 1972. Roland Chevriot of Nature et Progrès envisioned the need for organic agriculture movements to coordinate their actions as well as to enable scientific and experimental data on organic to cross borders.
In order to realize this vision, he invited organic pioneers including Lady Eve Balfour, founder of the UK Soil Association, Kjell Arman from the Swedish Biodynamic Association and Jerome Goldstein from the Rodale Institute (USA) to join him in Versailles to set the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM - Organics International) in motion.
Five decades later, we now have over 700 members from about 100 countries and territories. The sector we represent is made up of over 3.1 million organic farmers, 72.3 million hectares of organic farmland and the global organic market is valued at 106 billion euros.
Have a look at our journey so far!
Join us in Celebrating 50 Years!
Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary!