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Eurostat: Organic crop area continues to rise in the European Union

On November 16, 2017, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, announced the release of the latest data on organic agriculture in the European Union.

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Organic crop area by country: 2012 and 2016 compared (in 1000 hectares). Source: Eurostat


With 12 million hectares of certified area or area under conversion in 2016, organic farming made up 6.7% of the European Union's (EU) total utilised agricultural area (UAA). Since 2012, the area devoted to organic farming has grown by almost two million hectares. Similarly, an upward trend can be observed in the number of registered organic producers, which reached 295 600 at the end of 2016.

Among Member States, Spain, Italy, France and Germany registered the largest organic areas as well as the largest numbers of organic producers in 2016. Together they account for over half (54%) of both total EU organic crop area and organic producers in the EU. Details are available from the Eurostat website as well as from the Eurostat database (see links below). 

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