Denmark launches ambitious organic food plan for national public institutions
The online magazine The Local in Denmark reports that The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in Denmark has launched a new strategy to double organic farming and serve more organic food in national public institutions. The government has set a goal of doubling the amount of organic farming by 2020 compared to 2007. The nation’s public institutions serve some 800,000 meals every single day.
Although the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries is behind the plan, other ministries have also pledged to do their part. The Defence Ministry, which serve approximately 1.1 million kilos of food in their canteens each year, has committed to increasing the amount of organic food served at its bases. Likewise, The Ministry of Education has also committed to “strengthening young people’s ecological awareness”.
The government has committed a total of 400 million kroner ($60.8 million) to its action plan.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.