Copenhagen, capital of organic food

Written by Inge van Breda

Organic hotdogs stands, restaurants, grocery stores and even primarily organic food in the municipality’s public institutions. Organic food, or Økologisk mad as the Danes know it, is big in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is doing well, but according to Mette Dahlgaard Jensen, chef of organic restaurant Gemyse, there is still a challenge to conquer. “It is very difficult because the consumers think that if something is organic, it is more expensive. So we have a big challenge there.” The most popular organic products are eggs and dairy, presumably because of the small price difference.

Although organic produce is growing in The Netherlands, Denmark is still doing way better and even developed a cuisine celebrating organic and locally produced foods: The New Nordic Cuisine. As a result, restaurants started using more local ingredients and seasonal foods.

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