50 Years of IFOAM - Organics International
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, a founder of the UK Soil Association, Kjell Arman from the Swedish Biodynamic Association, Pauline Raphaely from the Soil Association of South Africa, 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 700+ members from about 100 countries and territories. The sector we represent is made up of more than 3.4 million organic farmers, 74.9 million hectares of organic farmland, and a global organic market valued at over 120 billion euros.
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