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Organic agriculture in Europe 2010

As of the end of 2010, 10 million hectares of agricultural land in Europe were managed organically.

Twenty-seven percent  of the world's organic agricultural land is in Europe.

In Europe, 2.1 percent of the agricultural area, and in the European Union, 5.1 percent of the agricultural area is organic.

In Europe, there were almost 280'000 organic farms, in the European Union almost 220'000.

Compared to 2009, organic land increased by nearly 0.8 million hectares.

The countries with the largest organic agricultural area are Spain (1.5 million hectares), Italy (1.1 million hectares), and Germany (0.99 million hectares).

There are six countries in Europe with more than ten percent organic agricultural land: Liechtenstein (27.8 percent), Austria (19.7 percent), Sweden (14.1 percent), Estonia (12.5 percent), Switzerland (11.4 percent), and Czech Republic (10.5 percent).

Sales of organic products were approximately 19.6 billion euros in 2010. The largest market for organic products in 2010 was Germany with a turnover of 6 billion euros, followed by France (3.4 billion euros) and the UK (2 billion euros).

A new research project on transparency of organic market data was launched in early 2012. It is expected that this will be a major step forward to improve European market data.

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