The IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) is an umbrella organization founded in 1972 with 750 sub-organizations or members in over one hundred countries in almost every continent. It unites and represents the worldwide organizations of organic and organic agriculture. One of the main tasks as an umbrella organization is the international coordination of all interest groups. The mission is to guide and promote the organic movement in its full diversity, as well as the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems based on the principles of organic agriculture. The objectives are to inform about organic agriculture and to promote its worldwide expansion, to develop a common platform for all represented associations or interest groups, exchange of knowledge and experience between the members.
This takes place in conferences, fairs, seminars and publications, representation of organic agriculture in international institutions and organizations (eg IFOAM has consultative status with the UN and FAO), definition and regular development of the IFOAM international guidelines, and development of a harmonized, international Quality Assurance System for Biological Products (IFOAM Accreditation Program). In 2000, the revised edition of the "Basic Guidelines for Organic Farming and Processing" was issued, which was adopted at the General Assembly in Basel-Switzerland. See for general principles and a list of relevant biobias below Organic viticulture