The largest German cultivation association with seat in Mainz In the state Rheinland-Pfalz was founded in 1971 by 12 like-minded people under the name "bio-vegetable e. V. ". The current name then established itself in 1979. As of December 2014, 5,906 member companies were working Germany and South-Tirol 285,762 hectares after ecological Aspects. Among them are 260 wine farms, which cultivated a total of 1,600 hectares of vineyards. The main task of the association is, according to its own definition, to promote organic organic farming and develop it further. In addition, the political interests of the members are represented in Berlin and Brussels.
The guidelines of the EU Organic Regulation are in most cases far exceeded at Bioland. On synthetic pesticides and chemically-synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is waived. The sustainable and environmentally friendly food production also includes the appropriate animal husbandry and careful processing of food. The Bioland animals are only fed organically. No conventional cultivation may be operated in parallel, even if both types of cultivation are separated from each other.
The standards for Bioland growers and manufacturers are regularly regulated by state-authorized Inspection bodies checked and with positive result the Bioland seal allowed. The products are sold directly by the farmers to the customers, mostly at weekly markets or through one of the almost 1,000 contracting parties (including bakeries, breweries, restaurants, retailers, butchers, dairies, juice and wine producers), including health food shops and health food stores. Bioland is a member of the German umbrella organization BÖLW, See also under Organic (organic) viticulture,