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Pie chart distribution of organic land 2015

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.

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New rules for electronic certification of EU organic imports - better EU statistics on organic imports?


New European Union (EU) rules introducing a system of electronic certification for imported organic products were published by the European Commission on October 14, 2016 and will be applied in 6 months. The changes are also expected to provide much more comprehensive statistical data on organic...

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Video: The Science behind the Organic Movement


The keynote speech at the Organic Science Conference in Canada was held by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland and president of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International.

The video-recorded speech is...

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Latin America on its way to become a major organic food producer


Latin America is on its way to becoming an important supplier of organic products. 

ASt the eighth assembly of the Inter-American Commission of Organic Agriculture (CIAO) in August 2016, it was agreed that the strengthening of the domestic markets is key for Latin American producers to be able to...

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Q&A: How many countries have an organic regulation?


I am a PhD Researcher currently examining organic regulations. I wanted some clarification on statistics of FiBL. In "The world of organic agriculture. Statistics and emerging trends 2015", it is stated that according to a survey from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), there are...

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic dairy products for Switzerland?


Yes, such data are available from Bio Suisse, which presents the latest market data annually. According to this data, retail sales of organic dairy products amounted to almost 300 Million Swiss Francs, constituting 11.8 percent of all dairy products sold in Switzerland in 2015.

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IFOAM EU publishes new guide on Organic Action Plans


Over the last decade, the development of Organic Action Plans has gained momentum as a mechanism for achieving a more integrated and balanced approach to organic policy-making in different European countries and at EU level.

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First TIPI Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 2016


The 1st TIPI Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in China was held successfully in Shanghai, China, on May 27th, in conjunction with the organic trade fair BIOFACH China 2016.

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U.S. organic sales post new record of $43.3 billion in 2015 - Largest dollar gain ever for the booming organic sector even with supply challenges, says OTA survey


The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic...

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic protein crops in the European Union?


Do you know if there is data available on the areas of different grain legumes grown organically in Europe? I can find a total for protein crops but it would be more useful to have areas of peas, beans, lupins etc.

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Q&A: Do you have organic milk data for the European Union?


We are preparing a presentation on EU milk markets that would include any available data on organic milk, e.g. prices, sales, quantities, number of operators etc. We would appreciate if you could send us any available information you may have.

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TIPI Science Day in China: Detailed programme now available


The detailed programme of the TIPI Science Day in China (460.3 KB) is now available.

Speakers include (in alphabetical order)

  • Markus ARBENZ, Executive Director, IFOAM - Organics International, Germany
  • Chengcai CHU, Principal Investigator, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) Chinese Academy...
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Q&A: Do you have data on organic poultry?


I am writing my master thesis about the potential for natural herbal solutions instead of using coccidiostats for layer hens and in broiler production. I need to know how many broilers are produced per country and how many layer hens do they have. Do you have organic poultry data?

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Swiss organic market continues to grow in 2015


The latest figures for the Swiss organic market (from 2015), recently presented by Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch ), show a clear increase in organic retail sales in Switzerland. Bio Suisse —the umbrella organization representing Swiss organic sector— unites over 90% of Swiss organic farms. The Swiss...

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Q&A: Do you have an updated slide presentation on organic viticulture world-wide?


I am a student looking for updated data on organic viticulture worldwide. Do you have an update of your slide presentation on the theme from a couple of years ago?

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New publication "Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016"


Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014; however, organic production is not moving at the same speed and more effort at policy level is needed, according to a new publication "Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016" launched by IFOAM EU at the 10th...

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Q&A: What is the correct number for organic arable land in the UK?


I looked at the infographic (see below) about organic production in the UK with interest but was shocked at the figure for arable crops. Defra published the figure at 41200 ha for 2014 for the UK This figure is about 3.5 x that. I think someone needs to look at it again.

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Q&A: Do you have data on organic aquaculture?


We have put together production volumes for 2013, for a new report on sustainable fishery that is currently under production and will be released by the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) in May 2015 (http://www.iisd.org/ssi/).

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New Zealand: Organic sector growing strongly


The New Zealand organic sector has grown by more than 11% per annum since 2012, according to the 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report.

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Q&A: What exchange rate do you use for organic retail sales data?

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Now online: The TIPI Vision and Strategy


TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International, aims to foster international collaboration in organic agriculture research, engage and involve all stakeholders that benefit from organic agriculture research, facilitate exchange of scientific knowledge of organic food and...

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Q&A: Where can I find organic import data for Germany?

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Q&A: Where can I buy a hard copy of "The World of Organic Agriculture?

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Presentations from Science Day 2016 now online


On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.


In the morning of...

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Austria: Lateest on organic farming in 2015 released


Preliminary numbers suggest that the number of farms in 2015 is approximately the same as in the previous year, according to the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture (BMLUF).

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Q&A: Do you have recent data on organic per-capita consumption?

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Q&A: Where can I find data on organic retail sales volumes for Austria?

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New section on Organic-World.net: Questions & Answers (Q&A)

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New report tracks the rapid growth of sustainable markets


Survey results from 14 sustainability standards across nine commodity areas show new statistics and emerging trends for sustainable production.

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Infographic key indicators

Slide presentations on organic agriculture worldwide and in Europe


FiBL has prepared three presentations summarizing the key results of the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide 2016 (data 2014). Apart from the global data, key results on crop and on regional data are presented.

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UK: Organic Market Report 2016


The 2016 Organic Market Report was launched on 23 February showing that the UK organic market experienced a sustained growth of 4.9% in 2015. This is the third year of consecutive growth for the UK organic sector, which is now worth £1.95 billion.

Sales of organic have continued to outperform the...

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Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat


A team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

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The World of Organic Agriculture


Organic agriculture is practiced in 172 countries, and 43.7 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by approximately 2.3 million farmers. The global sales of organic food and drink reached 80 billion US dollars in 2014.

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European organic market continued to grow in 2014


In 2014, the European organic market grew by approximately 7.6 percent to a value of more than 26 billion euros.

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Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide


The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH fair 2016 in Nuremberg. The statistics yearbook “The World of Organic Agriculture” will be launched on Wednesday, February 10, 2016,...

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Cover "The World of Organic Agriculture 2016"

Presentations of the session "The World of Organic Agriculture" at BIOFACH 2016


The session on global organic farming and market trends took place place on February 10, 2016, in at BIOFACH, NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg, Germany.

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