As the beginning of the organic movement in Austria the year 1927 applies with the first pioneer companies in Carinthia, The first association was ORBI in 1959. Until the 1980s, the pioneers of the bio-movement understood themselves as an alternative to the capitalist social order. Great importance was attached to the social ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), one of the initiators of the organic movement and later the brand DEMETER of Biodynamic viticulture, The first organic association in Austria was founded in 1959 ORBI (Organic Organic Farming).
At the beginning of the 1990s, there was a real boom, with which marketing got more and more weight. As a result, bio became interesting for a broad mass of farmers and consumers and also discovered by the trade. There were some successful organic brands such as "Yes! Of course "(Billa, Merkur)," pure nature "(spar) and nature active (Hofer).
Bio Austria as an umbrella organization or the joint organization of Austrian organic farmers has emerged at the end of 2005 through the merger of 16 organic associations. Predecessors were founded in 1979 Association "Organic Harvest Austria" (formerly "harvest for life"), and the two umbrella organizations "Arge Biolandbau" in the year'1990 and "ÖIG Austrian interest community for organic farming" in 1994. Bio Austria is but also one of the many organic associations with their own guidelines, and also carries out checks. However, it may not issue organic certification or as one of the official ones Organic checkpoints act. The 16 Austrian organic associations are (in parenthesis the year of foundation):
Bio Austria employs around 100 staff at the state or federal level with its two office locations in Wien and Linz. The provincial authorities are given the name of the federal state such as "Bio Austria Burgenland". The association represents about 70% of the 20,000 organic farmers in Austria with around 13,000 members and 250 cooperatives, including numerous winegrowing companies, for which it has been operating since 2012 EU Organic Regulation now also rules for the production of Biowein gives (until then, the specifications related only to the management). Total sales amount to around € 300 million, making Bio Austria one of the largest organic associations in the world European Union,
The organic farmers have committed in their merger to five values regarding their products. These are ecology, Would the animals, research and innovation, fair prices and "organic-peasant food culture". The goal of Bio Austria is the development of organic agriculture with sustainability, as well as securing the markets for organic food. In addition, appropriate publicity and lobbying is carried out. The most important tasks are consultancy in questions of organic-organic farming, creation and further development of production guidelines and assistance in regional, national and international marketing. The German counterpart is the one founded in 2002 BÖLW (Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft). See topic group also under Organic (organic) viticulture,