Danish organic pig meat sector is growing
Although still small, production of organic production is increasing in
Denmark, bolstered by the many export opportunities.
In 2006, 40% of organic pigmeat went to the UK, mostly
in the form of back bacon. However, the Danish organic rules are different to
the UK ones and, therefore, that pork would have been sold as 'organic' but not
with Soil Association endorsement.
Deibjerg of Friland, the organisation overseeing Danish organic production, said
some of the Soil Association's standards were 'higher' as Friland focused almost
entirely on the environment rather than also including animal welfare. "We come
from different countries and we have a very different view of what is organic,"
he said. For example, in an organic system, Danish piglets can be weaned at
seven weeks, one week earlier than in the UK, and male piglets can be
Castration is carried out to prevent boar taint and Mr
Deibjerg said eating quality was far more important than any links between
castration and poor animal welfare. "We cannot afford for a premium product to
taste bad," he said.
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