Welcome to Oikos – Organic Norway!
Oikos - Organic Norway
Oikos - Organic Norway was founded on the 3rd of September 2000 as three former organisations working with organic production merged into one. The aim was to establish one organic movement and strengthen it's voice in Norwegian politics, economics and social life. Today, we cooperate closely with Demeter Norway, and they have a representative on Oikos' National Board. We also cooperate with Debio - the organic sertification body in Norway, Bioforsk Organic at Tingvoll (reserach), Matmerk - The Norwegian Agricultural Quality System and Food Branding Foundation, and the Norwegian Agricultural authority (Statens Landbruksforvaltning).
Organic famer, Jakob Bjerkem from Steinkjer, is head of the National board
An Annual General Meeting consisting of members from all over the country makes desicions about economy, main tasks and commitments the following year. A National Board is also elected, which is responsible for the organisation between the annual meetings. The leader of the National Board is Mr. Jakob Bjerkem. He is also runing an organic farm with milk production. Oikos has 2200 members in 2011.
The country is divided into regions. Accordingly Oikos has eight regional groups which work closely with county authorities and other stakeholders in the region. On the local level, about 15 smaller, local groups arrange activities and visibility in communities, to make people more aware of the advantages of organic farming and products . The activities in regional- and local groups is mostly voluntary work.
Oikos' main office is located in Oslo. Executive Director is Regine Andersen (on photo). Oikos' eleven employees mainly work on different types of projects related to agriculture, market development, marketing, festivals and other events.
Oikos publishes a magazine: Ren Mat (Eng.: Pure food) a magazine for a greener lifestyle www.renmat.no. The editor is Wanda Widerøe. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oikos is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and a member of
IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)
ForUM (Forum for Development and Environment),
The Royal Norwegian Society for Development (Norges Vel).
Oikos runs a project called Eco demo where organic food is promoted in supermarkets.
Oikos runs many projects in addition to political lobbying and meetings with stakeholders in the food sector and the agricultural sector.
Our main projects or participation in projects:
1) Promotion of organic food in supermarkets by organic farmers and others with knowledge about organic agriculture, (Oikos in cooperation with Coop, Røros Dairy, Grøstad Gris (pork). Contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Organic food at festivals and other events in Norway. Coordinating and helping festivals to offer organic food at their events (Oikos). Contact: mailto:email@example.com
3) Organic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa - ODISSA (Oikos). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Open organic farms. Contact email@example.com
5) Organic food in schools project. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Oikos - Økologisk Norge / Organic Norway
Telephone:+47- 24 12 41 00