Organic production in a nutshell

Organic production covers nearly ten per cent of Finland’s agricultural area. There are over 4 000 certfied organic farms and more than 700 of the farms keep also organic livestock. The organically managed area and the number of organic livestock have been increasing. Some 700 firms produce, import or stock organic foodstuffs.

Consumers can rely on organic production

All farms and enterprises producing or manufacturing organic products are under supervision, with operators inspected at least once a year. Control results show that organic products placed on the market are being produced in compliance with current requirements.

Requirements relating to organic production are specified under EU legislation. In Finland, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira steers and plans monitoring. It also supervises manufacturers of organic foodstuffs and organic animal feed. Organic farms are under the supervision of the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-centres), while Finnish Customs supervises organic products imported to Finland. In the province of Åland, the Åland Government oversees

The organic production certificate guarantees genuine organic products

In order to use labelling indicating organic production methods, producers must submit their activities to the organic control system. Labelling can be used in agricultural products, food, animal feed, plant propagation material and seeds.

The operator can submit their production to the control system via an ELY Centre (crop, greenhouse and livestock production, collection of wild plants, or food processing at the farm ), or through Evira (food processing, animal feed and propagation material). Before starting the production and submitting it to the control, the operators should read the requirements for organic production and prepare the appendices requested in the application.

An operator accepted into the control system is granted a documentary  evidence  showing that their activities are subject to organic control. However, this is not a product certificate, but a certificate of inspection. After their applications have been accepted, applicants accepted into the control system can sell their organic products with labelling indicating organic production methods.