Organic Rules and Certification

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In Switzerland the organic agricultural area of 116641 ha constituted 11.14% of the total farmed area, and the number of certified organic farmers, (6199) constituted 10% of the total number of farmers in 2007

The certification chain consists of the following bodies:

1 competent authority

Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft (BLW) (Federal Office for Agriculture)

1 accreditation body

Swiss Accreditation Service

0 control authorities
4 private control bodies

Institute for Marketecology (IMO) (97 organic operators, of wich 0 farmers)

bio.inspecta AG (6550 organic operators, of wich 4980 farmers)

Bio Test Agro (BTA) (1250 organic operators, of wich 1240 farmers)

Organism Intercantonal de Certification ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

1 public standards owner

Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft , (Federal Office for Agriculture) ( operators)

3 private standards owners

Bio Suisse (6925 operators)

Schweizerischer Demeter Verband (355 operators)

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund ( operators)

Certification costs of organic farmers may be subsidized by the following authorities
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