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Chapter about organic farming in Europe in "The World of Organic Agriculture 2018" (data 2016)

In 2016/2017 the European organic food and farming sector continued to excel both in terms of organic production and market growth as well as the latest developments in European Union (EU) food and farming policy. Data for 2016 (for full data see page 218) shows the European organic food market recording significant growth – increasing by 11.4 percent (EU: 12.0 percent). 

For more information see chapter Organic Farming and Market Development in Europe and the European Union in the 2018 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture".

Chapter about organic farming in Europe in "The World of Organic Agriculture 2017" (data 2015)

In "The World of Organic Agriculture, 2017 eidtion, a dedicated chapter on "Organic Farming and Market Development in Europe and the European Union" was published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with the the Agriculture Market Information Company (AMI). The chapter can be downloaded from Organic Eprints.

The development of the European and the European Union’s (EU) organic sector in 2015 was characterised by two trend as shown by the annual FiBL survey on organic agriculture worldwide.

On the one hand, the market grew at an even higher rate than in the previous years. In fact, 2015 was the first year after the financial crisis in 2008 that showed a double-digit growth rate (13 percent in Europe; 12.6 percent in the EU).

On the other hand, the growth of the organic farmland continued to be slower than that of the market, but it was considerably faster than in the previous years, increasing by 8.2 percent in Europe and 7.8 percent in the EU.

The trend of the market growing at a faster rate than the area has been noticed for a couple of years, showing that production is not keeping pace with the demand of the market.

The detailed report can be downloaded from orgprints.org/31187 .

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Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016

In 2016, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM EU (www.ifoam-eu.-org) published the book "Organic in Europe" for the second time. It contains reflections about the Common Agricultural Policy as well as data on organic agriculture in Europe. The first edition was published in 2014 and included also country reports (see below).

The growth trends highlight the importance of using the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other agri-food policies to create a more positive environment in which farmers and food companies feel confident making significant investment decisions. Without these investments, Europe will not be able to meet the growing demand amongst EU consumers for organic food. In mapping the latest trends across Europe, the research shows that in the EU alone the organic market grew at a relatively high rate of 7.4% in 2014 and retail sales valued at €24 billion. However, the increase in organic farmland area in the EU slowed – growing by just 1.1% and the number of producers actually fell by 0.2%.

Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments

The book is a joint publication of the European Union Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU; www.ifoam.eu.org), the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, www.fibl.org/en  and the Mediterranean Institute for Agronomic Research CIHEAM-IAMB, www.iamb.it ).

It was compiled in the framework of the "Mind the CAP" campaign, which is co-funded by the European Union.

Reports from DG Agri

The Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission has published a number of reports on the state of the organic sector in the EU. These reports include a wealth of statistical information.

Market brief on organic agriculture in the European Union (July 2014, data 2011)

This Brief gives a picture of organic farming in the EU, covering the current situation of organic areas, holdings and production as well as some characteristics of organic farms (size and information on farm managers), on the basis of Eurostat data.

ec.europa.eu/agriculture: EU Agricultural Markets Brief No 3 | July 2014 The rapid growth of EU organic farming Key facts and figures

Facts and figures on organic agriculture in the European Union (Data 2011)

Report on the status of organic farming in Europe 2011, prepared by the Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission with the support of Eurostat and the OrganicDataNetwork project.

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> An analysis of the EU organic sector, June 2010
The paper endeavoures to shed light on the main aspects of the organic sector in the EU, making use of the existing statistical data. Several elements of the development of the sector are depicted. It will be possible to build a more precise picture of the sector if and when additional data will be available: more complete production statistics, price information and international trade data.

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EC.Europa.eu: An analysis of the EU organic sector

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> Organic farming in the European Union: Facts and figures (November 2005; data 2003)

This report aims at updating the previous note on organic farming written in June 2003 and at providing an overview of the development in the organic farming sector over the last years. Based on Eurostat statistical information and other sources, it analyses certified organic and in-conversion area, number of certified organic and in-conversion holdings, breakdown of crop area, livestock, marketing channels and retail sales of organic products, farm-gate and consumer prices for organic and comparable conventional products and, finally, agri-environmental programmes, which support organic farming.

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Eurostat reports on organic farming

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, provides the data collected by the European Union's member states. The data are based on the information of the organic inspection bodies. 

Evey two years, Eurostat releases a major report on the status of organic farming in the European Union. The analysis focuses on the data of the organic area (fully converted and under conversion), including the relationship between organic area and the total Utilised Agricultural Area (UAA), and on the data of registered organic operators (producers, processors, importers).

The reports can be downloaded from the Eurostat website.

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> Statistics in focus 10/2010 (data 2006-2008)

The report Area under organic farming increased by 7.4% between 2007 and 2008 in the EU-27 by Elisabeth Rohner-Thielen was published as Statistics in focus, 10/2010 by Eurostat. It contains the data on organic farming in the European Union 2007-2008.

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> Statistics in focus, 69/2007 (data 2005)

The report Different organic farming patterns within EU-25. An overview of the current situation by Lourdes Llorens Abando and Elisabeth Rohner-Thielen was published as Statistics in focus, 69/2007 by Eurostat. It contains the data on organic farming in the European Union 2005.

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> Statistics in focus, 31/2005 (data 2002)

The report Organic farming in Europe by Elisabeth Rohner-Thielen was published as Statistics in focus, 31/2005 by Eurostat. It contains the data on organic farming in the European Union 2002. 

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> Statistics in focus 2/2003 (data 1998-2000)

The report Organic Farming in Europe: A sustained growth 1998-2000 by By Koen Duchateau was published as Statistics in focus/Environment and Energy, 2/2003 by Eurostat.

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> Statistics in focus 5/2001 (data 1998)

The report Organic Farming by Jakob Hansen was published as Statistics in focus, Environment and Energy 5/2001 by Eurostat. It contains the data on organic farming in the European Union 1998.

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> Eurostat 1999: Organic farming (data 1997)

The report  Organic Farming by Patrick Hau and Alain Joaris of Eurostat is published at the Agricultrue and Environment pages of DG Agri of the European Commission. It summarizes the situation in 1998. 

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Pocket book

The pocketbook Agricultural Statistics presents selected tables and graphs providing an overview on developments and the situation in the agricultural sector of the European Union.

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