Global Alliance for Organic Districts (GAOD)

The vision of the Global Alliance for Organic Districts (GAOD) is to co- create a global network able to support the local development of Organic Districts in different territorial contexts and scaling up examples of practical solutions. Our work is based on the principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care.

There are more than 60 Organic Districts in Europe and concrete plans for establishments in Argentina, Taiwan and the Pacific’s.

A major task for us in the coming year is the support of the newly established Organic District in Norway and as an integrated part of Bodø and the county of Nordland as the European Capital of Culture 2024. It is North of the Artic Circle – at 67 degrees north – the land of the midnight sun and northern light. The Sami indigenous culture is central in the region together with small scale agriculture, gathering and harvesting in a close interaction with Artic nature.

Also, this Organic District is the home of Professor Ove D. Jacobsen with his ground breaking work of Ecological Economics. Flowing from this the core of the Nordland Organic District is within the theme of “Local food for local markets”.

Here are some examples on other highlights for our network in 2024:

  • Session 15 February during BioFach in Nuremberg on the topic” Explore the power of Organic Districts and the women shaping their success”
  • 20 years anniversary of the first Organic District “Cilento” in Italy
  • World Conference on Organic Districts 26 July – 4 August in Idanha A Nova, Portugal
  • Conference 14 – 16 August on Nature – Culture- Health in Lofoten, Norway
  • “Peoples Food Summit” 16 October by Regeneration International
  • 21 years anniversary of the research organization “Organic Food Quality and Health” and an international conference 11- 13 November at University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2nd International School Meal Conference 28 – 30 November in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Organic World Congress 2 – 6 December in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan