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Naturland

Welcome to Naturland

Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.
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The devastating exploitation of our oceans is a gigantic problem which urgently deserves greater attention. “Seaspiracy”, a documentary broadcast on Netflix, a streaming platform, has raised awareness of this catastrophe by shining a merciless light on the dark sides of the international fishing industry of which there are doubtless countless examples. However, this light is so harsh that it almost obliterates all the successful alternatives and solutions which have been seen to work.

The general tenor of this documentary is that making industrial fisheries sustainable is a goal impossible to achieve. This statement is both wrong and dangerous.

Internal Control Systems (ICS) enable smallholder farmers to access organic certification and hence organic markets and their associated benefits. Currently, more than 150 cooperatives or producer groups are members of the Naturland association.

In 2018, the EU has adopted a new organic regulation 2018/848 that sets new rules for group certification with ICS, which are further defined in the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/279.

Water is a precious natural resource. It is crucial that we protect and use it in a sustainable manner. Global water consumption is increasing, and water scarcity has become a serious problem worldwide. The world’s largest consumer of water is agriculture. Consequently, agriculture, and organic agriculture, in particular, has a special responsibility to use water resources carefully.

Naturland farms situated in regions with water scarcity are obliged to fulfil additional requirements (see Naturland Standards B.I.7, Naturland-Standards-on-Production.pdf). Naturland farms situated in regions with water scarcity are obliged to fulfil additional requirements (see Naturland Standards B.I.7, Naturland-Standards-on-Production.pdf).

Despite the difficulties resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Naturland members records strong growth in 2020. Worldwide, more than 100,000 farmers in 60 countries cultivate their land according to Naturland standards. Furthermore, there are 54,000 hectares of sustainably managed Naturland forests.

In total, 590,000 hectares of land are farmed according to Naturland standards - half of it in Germany. In Germany, Naturland grew by 232 new member farms in 2020 - a growth of 5.9%.