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European Union: Eurostat releases 2015 data on organic areas and producers - Organic crop area on the rise

With more than 11 million hectares of certified area or area under conversion in 2015, organic farming made up 6.2% of the European Union's (EU) total utilised agricultural area (UAA), according to Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union.

Pie chart distribution of organic land 2015

Figure 2: Share of total organic area (fully converted and under conversion), EU-28, 2015 (% of total EU-28)

(28.10.2016) 

Since 2010, the area devoted to organic farming has grown by almost two million hectares. Similarly, an upward trend can be observed for the number of registered organic producers. At the end of 2015, 271 500 organic agricultural producers were registered in the EU, an increase of 5.4% compared with 2014.
Among Member States, Spain, Italy, France and Germany registered the largest organic areas as well as the largest numbers of organic producers in 2015, accounting together for over half (52%) of both total EU organic crop area and organic producers in the EU.

This information shows only a small selection of the wide range of data on organic farming available at Eurostat. Organic farming combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources and high production standards based on natural substances and processes. It provides for a specific market responding to a specific consumer demand while at the same time delivering public goods in terms of environmental protection, animal welfare and rural development.

Recently, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture  FiBL (www.fibl.org) started its 18th annual survey on organic farming worldwide (www.organic-world.net) and the latest data on Europe as a whole, including market data, will be released at BIOFACH 2017 together with the latest global data on organic agriculture. The 18th edition of the yearbook “The World of Organic Agriculture” will also be launched at BIOFACH.  

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