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Ökologischer Betrieb
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Ökologischer Betrieb
Institute of

BW Farm Economics


Digital organic control - Does it work?

Digital control
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Improvement of the organic inspection system through the integration of digital certification and product transaction data and new instruments in the case cereals

Organic products are strictly controlled. That is why cases of fraud become public again and again. Nevertheless, there are weak points. Are digital processes a solution?

Background and Objective

Several cases of fraud as well as the reports of the European Court of Auditors have shown that the further development of the EU organic regulation will not sufficiently close the known loopholes for fraud and that a further development of the control system is necessary.

Therefore, the project wants to examine the extent to which digitalisation procedures can usefully be applied in the inspection of organic products. Using the example of the organic cereals marketing chain, the project will evaluate the linking of geo-graphical data (GIS) and data collected by sensors with certification data in the context of control activities to improve transparency. Recommendations to improve the control system will be elaborated, considering feasibility of systems without on-site visits, compatibility with applicable law and further use of data for statistical purposes.

Preliminary Results

The project contributes to further develop control and certification systems with regard to the digital recording of areas, yield and certification data (from certifiers) and product transaction data (from companies in the trade, processing, etc.) in real time and the linking of this data as information for authorised users.   

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Funding Body

  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
    (national, öffentlich)


2.2021 - 4.2023

More Information

Project funding number: 2818OE137
Funding program: Bundesprogramm Ökologischer Landbau und andere Formen nachhaltiger Landwirtschaft (BÖLN)
Project status: ongoing

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