Hans Kjaer Trading A/S has in several decades been a leading player in selling organic fruit products in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Organic farming is build upon four basic principles according to the European embrella organisation for organic food and farming-principles – IFOAM EU Group (the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)
The principles are the following:
Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and the planet as one and indivisible.
Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.
Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the commen environment and life opportunities.
Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.
These principles should be secured through education, knowledge-sharing, control and Certifications.
In 2007 the EU issued regulation 834. This announces, which conditions should be met for the industry to use the European logo for ecology. Many European countries have approved boards, that can issue these Certificates. In Denmark it is “Fødevarestyrelsen”, which have the authority to do so.
Some countries within and outside the EU may have requirements that go beyond the ones announced in Regulation 834. In Sweden there is the certification standard called KRAV, which have more elaborate requirement on social justice. This does not mean that one cannot sell EU certified organic products in Sweden without the KRAV certification added. Does one whish KRAV certified products is this doable. Is the specific product not already KRAV certified, this can be done, though it requires a certain offtake for the certification costs to be justified.