The largest German cultivation association based in Mainz In the state Rheinland-Pfalz was founded in 1971 by 12 like-minded people under the name “bio-gemüse e. V. ”was founded. The current name was then established in 1979. As of December 2014, 5,906 member farms were operating Germany and South-Tirol 285,762 hectares after ecological Aspects. These include 260 wine-growing companies that cultivated a total of 1,600 hectares of vineyards. According to its own definition, the main task of the association is to promote and further develop organic farming. In addition, the political interests of the members are represented in Berlin and Brussels.
In most cases, the guidelines of the EU organic regulation are far exceeded at Bioland. On synthetic pesticides and chemical-synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is waived. The sustainable and environmentally compatible food production also includes animal welfare and careful processing of the food. The Bioland animals are fed exclusively on organic food. No conventional attachment may be operated in parallel, even if the two attachment types are separate.
The standards for Bioland producers and manufacturers are regularly approved by the state Inspection bodies checked and if the result is positive the Bioland seal is allowed. The products are sold directly to the customers by the farmers, mostly at weekly markets or via one of the almost 1,000 contractual partners (including bakeries, breweries, restaurants, retail, butchers, dairies, juice and wine producers), including organic shops and health food stores. Bioland is a member of the German umbrella organization BÖLW, See also under Organic (ecological) viticulture,