Growth in acreage of organic crop land

12-03-2018 | |
Growth in acreage of organic crop land. Photo: Shutterstock
Growth in acreage of organic crop land. Photo: Shutterstock

A total of 57.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2016, representing a growth of 7.5 million hectares over 2015, the largest growth ever recorded.

This is according to the latest global data on organic farming worldwide, that was presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH world organic trade fair 2018 in Nuremberg.

Global leaders in organic food market

The market research company Ecovia Intelligence estimates that the global market for organic food reached US$ 89.7 billion in 2016 (more than € 80 billion). The United States is the leading market with € 38.9 billion, followed by Germany (€ 9.5 billion), France (€ 6.7 billion), and China (€ 5.9 billion). In 2016, most of the major markets continued to show double-digit growth rates, and the French organic market grew by 22%. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (€ 274), and Denmark had the highest organic market share (9.7% of the total food market).

In 2016, 2.7 million organic producers were reported. India continues to be the country with the highest number of producers (835,200), followed by Uganda (210,352), and Mexico (210,000). Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (27.2 million hectares), followed by Argentina (3 million hectares), and China (2.3 million hectares). Almost haft of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (27.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (23%; 13.5 million hectares), and Latin America (12%; 7.1 million hectares).

The countries with the largest organic share of agricultural land of their total farmland are the Liechtenstein (37.7%), French Polynesia (31.3%), and Samoa (22.4%). In 15 countries, 10% or more of all agricultural land is organic, a new record.

[Source: Lifepr.de]

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Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor