Monday, 01 March 2010

Organic area up by 21% in the EU between 2005 and 2008

Organic farming 1 in the EU27 covered 7.8 million hectares in 2008, up by 7% compared with 2007. Over a longer time period, the data available for the EU25 show an increase of 21% in the total organic area between 2005 and 2008. In 2008, the five Member States with the largest organic area in the EU27 were Spain (1.3 mn ha), Italy (1.0 mn ha), Germany (0.9 mn ha), the United Kingdom (0.7 mn ha) and France (0.6 mn ha). In 2007, the total organic area accounted for 4.1% of the total utilised agricultural area 2 in the EU27 . The highest proportions of organic area were recorded in Austria (15.7% of the total agricultural area), Sweden (9.9%) and Italy (8.9%).

Source: Eurostat