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The "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ökologischer Landbau eV" was founded in Germany in 1988. At the time of the largest expansion with 9 associations, 7,800 farms and 415,000 hectares of land, this was 80% of organic farming. The guidelines were animal welfare, no chemical fertilizer and Pesticides, Rejection of genetic engineering and careful use of water, air, soil and energy:

  • Anog (Working Group on Natural Fruit and Horticulture
  • Organic Circle (organic food association)
  • Bioland (ecological agriculture)
  • Biopark (harmony for agriculture and nature conservation)
  • DEMETER (biodynamic economy and quality)
  • ECOVIN (German and also the world's largest viticulture ecological association)
  • Gäa - derived from Gaia = Greek goddess (ecological agriculture)
  • Naturland (International Association for Organic Agriculture)
  • Biosiegel / Eco-label (labeling for food / products in Germany)

The association got increasingly into difficulties due to internal disputes regarding general guidelines. After DEMETER and Bioland left the two largest members in March 2001, AGÖL was dissolved a year later. The successor organization is BÖLW (Association of Organic Food Management). See also under Organic viticulture and Biowein,

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