About us

This is the official website of the Adolf Hoops Society, a Berlin based not-for-profit organisation, which is the editor of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and owner of the Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal. As the legal structure where the Biocyclic Vegan Standard is anchored, it constitutes the central coordination point for the International Biocyclic Vegan Network.

The International Biocyclic Vegan Network

The International Biocyclic Vegan Network is a broad network of associations, private individuals, companies and institutions involved in agriculture, processing, trade and science, as well as organisations whose mission is to promote animal rights and a vegan way of life.

The objective of the International Biocyclic Vegan Network is to establish and promote a sustainable, closed loop and vegan oriented form of organic farming by introducing the biocyclic vegan principles in all areas of agriculture and food production. In this context, the protection of the environment, nature and climate as well as animal ethics, health and world nutrition without recourse to animal husbandry are of particular importance.

Through its member associations in various countries, the network advises growers on the conversion to biocyclic vegan farming and raises public awareness of the benefits of this form of cultivation. In addition, it participates in research projects on humus accumulation and sustainable soil fertility increase through the use of biocyclic humus soil on a purely plant-based basis.

The Adolf Hoops Society​

Adolf Hoops
1932-1999

The authors of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and previous owners of the trademark “Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture” have transferred their rights to the Adolf Hoops Society (Adolf-Hoops-Gesellschaft mbH), a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to disseminate the biocyclic idea according to Adolf Hoops and Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach in the context of biocyclic vegan agriculture.

The Adolf Hoops Society is significantly involved in the further development of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard through the Standard Commission which is composed of renowned organisations and experts from different sectors such as ecology, agriculture, science, animal rights, certification, ethics and consumer advocacy.

The Adolf Hoops Society was founded in 2019 and is managed by Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach, Arne Hoops and Axel Anders. It is named after the  pioneer in organic farming Adolf Hoops (1932-1999) who in his organic operation “Biomodell Walsrode” in Northern Germany developed the principles of biocyclic  farming and by this laid the foundation for the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.

The Adolf Hoops Society is based in Berlin, Germany.

All rights regarding the use of the standard and the logo are presently administered by BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. on behalf of the Adolf Hoops Society and within the framework of a license agreement. Under this agreement, BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. is responsible for the operational implementation of the ideals of the Adolf Hoops Society.

BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd.

BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. is the administrative headquarters for biocyclic vegan farming. In 2005, the Biocyclic Guidelines were developed under the supervision of BNS. These were later redeveloped to become the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and have been accredited as the certification basis for vegan organic farming by IFOAM as part of its Family of Standards in 2017. On behalf of the not-for-profit Adolf Hoops Society, BNS also sublicenses the right to use the Biocyclic Vegan Quality Seal to biocyclic vegan certified operators and offers organisational support to biocyclic vegan projects, companies, associations and producers globally. BNS additionally provides agricultural consulting services and, in cooperation with local advisory services, is responsible for the listing of inputs approved for biocyclic-vegan cultivation, the „Green List“.

BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. is based in Larnaca, Cyprus.

International Network Organisations

GREECE AND CYPRUS : The Panhellenic Biocyclic Vegan Network

The Panhellenic Biocyclic Vegan Network in Greece and Cyprus consists of a growing number of smallholder organic family farms, some of which have been operating organic farming in Greece and Cyprus for many years on the basis of the Biocyclic Guidelines according to Adolf Hoops and Dr. Johannes Eisenbach. They produce citrus fruits, grapes, kiwis, vegetables as well as olives and olive oil. In 2017 the first members of the Panhellenic Biocyclic Vegan Network became officially certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.

In Greece and Cyprus the inspection and certification is carried out by DIO (GR-BIO-01) on behalf of CERES which is the certifying body.

GERMANY : Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau

Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau, the German association for the promotion of biocyclic vegan agriculture, was founded by a group of stakeholders working in various contexts, such as organic farming, animal protection and animal rights, veganism, etc. as well as by individuals who are convinced of the need to develop this new approach towards a sustainable and ethical agriculture.

In Germany the inspection and certification is carried out by CERES. 

FRANCE : Agriculture Biocyclique Végétalienne

Réseau français Agriculture Biocyclique Végétalienne has been created as a division of the French association Vegan France Interpro whose goal is to support the economic development of vegan alternatives by carrying out referencing work for companies and services and by organising the promotion of innovations in this field. Since 2013, the association has been creating web platforms that allow companies to have a better visibility and facilitate their development and networking with distributors and consumers.

In France the inspection and certification is carried out by Expertise Vegane Europe in cooperation with CERES which is the certifying body.

NETHERLANDS : Netwerk ter bevordering van biocyclische-veganlandbouw

The Netwerk ter bevordering van biocyclische-veganlandbouw in Nederland en Vlaanderen which was set up in Summer 2018 aims to raise awareness of biocyclic-vegan agriculture in the Netherlands and Flanders. It also seeks to promote the biocyclic vegan label on the market in order to guarantee consumers a permanent availability of biocyclic vegan products and at the same time provide them with total transparency from field to table. 

Also in the Netherlands certification is supervised by CERES. 

Friends of Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture

SAFE FOOD ADVOCACY EUROPE is financially supported by the European Union in the framework of the European Commission’s LIFE Programme

VEGAN ORGANIC NETWORK (VON) –  Network for the promotion of vegan organic farming in the UK

BIO HELLAS – Certification body for organic farming in Greece and Cyprus

ALBERT SCHWEITZER FOUNDATION German association for the protection of animals

PROVEG – German vegetarian/vegan association

BIO-VEGANES NETZWERK (BVN) – Network for the promotion of vegan organic farming in Germany

CERES – International certification body for organic farming

VEGAN FRANCE – French association for the economic development of vegan alternatives

VEGAN IMPACT – French association for the promotion of vegan lifestyle

EXPERTISE VEGANE EUROPE – French office for the control and certification of vegan products

SWISS VEG – Swiss vegetarian/vegan association

PURPOSE FOUNDATION – Charitable foundation that promotes and proves-out alternative ownership and financing structures