The European Commission launched the European-wide debate on the future of organic agriculture end of December 2005.
A row over new Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer's plans to cut backing
for ecological farming and pave the way for genetically modified crops continues.
From the second week of 2006 organic products are to be available regularly in Lidl stores.
The specialist trade in Switzerland is characterised by fairly small and medium sized businesses.
Bioitalia is a syndicate founded in 1994 which has been on the market with unique references for organic companies, thanks to their structure of distribution and marketing ahead of lines.
Since September 2001, all agricultural products and foodstuffs from organic farming may be labelled with the national Bio-Siegel (eco label) of Germany.