“Italy organic leader in Europe: export worths one billion euro, three billion the turnover" by Antonio Cianciullo (IT)

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Food-market drops down, but organic market grows up. According to a research undertaken by Aiab (the Italian Association for Organic Agriculture) based on surveys of the Italian Foundation for Research in Organic and Biodynamic Farming (FIRAB) and Ismea-Gfk Eurisko, in the first half of 2013 Italy faced a decrease of 3.7% in conventional food consumption, while organic growth was close to 9%.  The now consolidated records in the sector (50,000 workers, 1.2 million hectares, 3 billion euro of turnover) are also turning into a strong push for export: Italy has now become the leader in Europe for exports of organic products (worthing over one billion Euros).

The growth in the consumption of organic food was particularly significant in Italian schools: according to a recent research made by Nomisma / Pentapolis, "sustainable" canteens have increased, in five years, by 50%, with nearly 1.2 million organic meals consumed annually. With these numbers Italy arrived in good position to the most important international organic fair, BioFach in Nuremberg (12-15 February), which in 2014 is expecting 2,400 exhibitors and 40,000 trade visitors. 400 Italian exhibitors will try to expand a market that already sees Germany as the main buyer of our products, especially fruit and vegetables, both fresh and processed, followed by wine (that had a strong organic growth in recent years), oil and other products with a strong "made in Italy" character, such as pasta.

"Repubblica.it", February 11, 2014, www.repubblica.it









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