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Organic worldwide 50.9 million hectares and market exceeds 80 billion US Dollars

Published 15.03.2017

The total organic area in the EU-28 (i.e. the area fully converted to organic production and area under conversion) was 11.1 million hectares (ha) in 2015 and it still expected to grow in the coming years. The increase in area between 2010 and 2015 was 21 % (see Table 1).

Between 2010 and 2015, Croatia and Bulgaria recorded growths of over 100 %. As showed in Figure 1, in absolute values, France (516 070 ha), Italy (378 837 ha) and Spain (353 523 ha) presented the three highest increases over the five years. Among the EU Member States, an upward trend was observed in all except two countries: the United Kingdom (– 29 %) and the Netherlands (– 4 %).

The size of the organic area differs considerably from one EU Member State to another. Four Member States accounted for more than half of all organically farmed land in 2015: Spain (18 %), Italy (13 %) France (12 %) and Germany (10 %), together making up 53 % of the total EU-28 organic area (see Figure 2). In 2014, these four countries represented 51 %.

The whole report can be viewed here: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Organic_farming_statistics

Source: Eurostat