What is Organic?

Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, the application of high animal welfare standards and a production method in line with the preference of certain consumers for products produced using natural substances and processes. The organic production method thus plays a dual societal role, where it on the one hand provides for a specific market responding to a consumer demand for organic products, and on the other hand delivers public goods contributing to the protection of the environment and animal welfare, as well as to rural development.

European Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007

Useful Links

The Centre for Organic Horticulture Research (COHR) is an independent research and teaching centre based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at University College Cork (UCC).

Those interested in sustainable and organic horticulture may find the following links useful.

COHR is not responsible for the content of any external websites linked to from this website.

Action plan for the future of organic production in the European Union (Read)


International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA)

Organic Trust (Link)

The Soil Association (Link)

Teagasc (Link)

National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS)

(Irish) Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (Link)

Bord Bia - Irish Food Board (Link)

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

European Commission Organic Farming Page (Link)

Organic Research Centre, UK (Link)

International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (Link)

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (Link)

Centre for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University (Link)

Rodale Institute, US (Link)

International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems (CORE Organic)

Organic Eprints (Link)

Green Vegetable Seeds (website of COHR team member, Klaus Laitenberger; Link)

Centre for Organic Horticulture Research

School of BEES, Butler Building, Distillery Field, North Mall, Cork