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BÖLW

The interest group "Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft" is an umbrella organization of producers, processors and traders of organic food in Germany. In 2002 it was headquartered in Berlin as a successor to AGÖL (Working Group on Organic Agriculture). The members are cultivation associations and associations of dealers and processors:

  • AÖL (Association of Ecologically Committed Grocers and Druggists)
  • Association of organic food producers
  • Organic Circle (organic food association)
  • Bioland (ecological agriculture)
  • Biopark (harmony for agriculture and nature conservation)
  • BNN (Federal Association of Natural Food Natural Products)
  • DEMETER (biodynamic economy and quality)
  • ECOLAND (organic farming association)
  • ECOVIN (German and also the world's largest viticulture ecological association)
  • Gaa derived from Gaia = Greek goddess (ecological agriculture)
  • Naturland (International Association for Organic Agriculture)
  • Health food store (retail for food, over-the-counter natural medicines, personal care)
  • Association of organic farms (organic farming association)

The main task is to carry out public relations work on the subject of organic food production and to promote the image of organic food in society. BÖLW is also active on the Monitoring Committee of the Federal Organic Farming Program and a partner in ÖPZ GmbH, which is responsible for the German Biosiegel managed. Membership is with the international institution IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), where the group of German-speaking IFOAM members is coordinated. The Austrian equivalent of the BÖLW is Bio Austria, See also under Organic viticulture,

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