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Spain: Organic land increases by 33 percent in 2008

For Spain a major growth of organic land is reported for 2008. According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture there are more than 1.3 million hectares of organic land.

Development of organic land and farms in Spain 1991-2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick
Land use in organic agriculture in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick
Spian: The five regions with the most organic land in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick

Land use in organic agriculture in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick

Development of organic land and farms in Spain 1991-2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick
Land use in organic agriculture in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick
Spian: The five regions with the most organic land in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick

Spain: The five regions with the most organic land in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick

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In 2008 the organic land has increased by 330'000 hectares or 33 percent. It should be noted though, that of the 1.3 million hectares, 187'908 hectares are wild collection and forest areas. The organic agricultural land is approximately 1.1 million hectares.

This means that Spain is the country with the most organic land in Europe now, followed by Italy.

The number of producers increased by 17 percent and is now 21'291, there are  23'400 operators. More than half of the land is fully converted.

About 50 percent of the organic land is grassland; arable land constitutes 19 percent and permanent crops 16 percent of the organic land.

The region of Andulsia has almost 800'000 hectares of organic land - more than half of the country's organic area.

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