ifoam'96 ifoam'96
Book of Abstracts
11th IFOAM Scientific Conference
11-15 August 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark
EcoWeb Denmark

Organic World

China: Practice, Problems and Outlook O2

Xiao, X; Li, Z.

Organic Food Development Center of China National EPA 8 Jiangwangmiao Street, Nanjing 210042, P.R. China.

Certified organic foods i China develops gradually in pace with the development of international organic agriculture movement, world trade of organic food and Chinese domestic demands. The organic food development in China has progressed fast since the establishment of Organic Food Development Center of China National EPA (OFDC-NEPA) in 1994. Organic foods such as tea, sesame, soybean, buckweat, honey, Chinese medicinal herbs and etc. certified by OFDC-NEPA and OCIA Chinese National Chapter have begun to enter into domestic and international markets. However, the current organic agriculture movement in China is still very weak. Most of the certified organic foods are more or less from traditional agriculture as well from naturally growing wildplants. In order to speed the organic agricultural movement in China, a lot of promotional efforts are highly needed, which include the aspects of research, experiment, demonstration, extension, market promotion, publicity, education and etc. In this paper, the practice of organic food development in China will be introduced, the relevant problems will be discussed and the outlook will be analyzed as well.