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Germany: Organic farming on the rise

In 2013, 6.4 % of the German agricultural land was organically farmed, marking a 2 % increase over the previous year.

Quelle: BLE / Thomas Stephan


In total, 1,060,669 hectares were farmed organically in Germany in 2013. The number of agricultural enterprises following organic procedures in 2013 did not undergo significant changes (+0.2 % compared to 2012).

In terms of organically produced food, Germany is Europe’s leading market. Organic products worth 7.55 billion Euros were sold in Germany in 2013, which is 7 % more than in the previous year.

Imports of organic products are important for Germany, since the high demand cannot be met by the domestic production alone: experts suggest that imports amount to 30 to  50 % of the organic market.

In order to improve the framework for organic farmers and their trading partners, the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) supports the entire value chain: from production over sales and processing to marketing. 

Source: Press release of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture

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