One year of voluntary service at IFOAM EU has passed for all 5 of us! Our one-year
experience at IFOAM EU helped us to understand how organic agriculture fits into that
idealistic picture and we have decided to write this guide in order to share our findings with
other organic enthusiasts and people who want to learn more.
Spain is the European Union Member State with the most organic land use out of total agricultural land/ hectares of organic land, with a total of 1.621.898 ha (Fibl, 2013). But it hasn´t always been like that. The evolution of the sector has developed over years:
The beginning of organic agriculture (agricultura ecológica in Spanish) comes from the 1970s. During that time, just a few small fields were used for organic farming and were managed by very young farmers. One of the first examples was organic rice production in Murcia.
We are the five volunteers that moved from five European Union’s countries to its capital, Brussels, to take part in the European Voluntary Service. Coming from Croatia, France, Greece, Lithuania and Spain to help organic food and farming position itself properly within the EU regulation and to promote the green, eco-friendly and sustainable nature of this agricultural sector.