In November 2023, the German Association for the Promotion of Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture (Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau e.V.), celebrated its 5th anniversary, raising awareness of the advantages of veganic farming (a type of organic farming that avoids all animal involvement, such as the use of pesticides and animal manures). 

The Association collaborates with international partner organizations in the Biocyclic Vegan International Network, concentrating its scope in German-speaking countries, advising gardeners and farmers on the practices that must be followed to obtain the IFOAM-accredited Biocyclic Vegan Standard. Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture, a concept pioneered in Germany by Adolf Hoops in the 1950s and renamed by Dr ag. Johannes Eisenbach in the 1980s, is a specific type of veganic farming that also aims to establish an effective way to practice agriculture without any farmed animal involvement, and without damaging the environment. Specifically, it is plant-based organic farming that excludes any inputs of animal origin, but it especially promotes biodiversity, healthy soil life, the closure of organic cycles and systematic build-up of humus (the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms).

Over the past five years, the association organised conferences (Biocyclic Vegan Networking Conference) and panel discussions, participated in trade fairs (BIOFACH Trade Fair) and exhibitions, and campaigned for political support. The organization received the Berlin Animal Welfare Prize in December 2022.

Axel Anders, member of the “Förderkreis” board, said, “We are proud of what the Förderkreis has achieved in the last five years. In the German-speaking countries, awareness of this sustainable and ethical farming approach has been significantly increased. The fact that the Biocyclic Vegan Standard has been included in the list of organic farming standards on the official platform, operated by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), also shows that the Biocyclic Vegan Standard is being taken seriously as an IFOAM-approved stand-alone standard and that its potential for the organic sector is being recognised.”

There are other international veganic farming organisations, like the Vegan Organic Network which was created in 1996 in the UK, and which has its own Certified Stockfree-Organic standards.

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.