New 2016 publication on organic in Europe – IFOAM EU (IT)


Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014 But organic production is not moving at the same speed, and more effort at policy level is needed, according to the new IFOAM EU publication “Organic in Europe: Prospects and Developments 2016”,  launched  at the 10th European Organic Congress. It includes  facts and figures on latest farming and market trends across Europe, with special focus on the 28 Member States of the European Union, EU Candidate and Potential Candidate countries, and the members of the European Free Trade Association. The growth trends highlight the importance of using the CAP and other agri-food policies to create a more positive environment in which farmers and food companies feel confident making significant investment decisions.  And, without these investments, Europe will not be able to meet the growing demand amongst EU consumers for organic food. In mapping the latest trends across Europe, the research shows that in the EU alone the organic market grew at a relatively very high rate of 7.4% in 2014, while retail sales valued at €24 billion. However, the increase in organic farmland area in the EU slowed  down – growing by just 1.1% and the number of producers actually fell by 0.2%. Reflecting on the current imbalances in organic supply and demand in Europe, and how such gaps should be closed, the authors describe the need for clear organic sector strategies to be developed, for support to be given to shorter organic supply chains and for the accuracy of organic market data collection to be improved. Policy makers at European, national and regional levels all have a role to play in creating this environment, also because the European organic movement’s vision is  to increase the area of Europe’s agricultural land under organic management by 50% by 2030, expanding organics beyond a niche.

The publication is part of the ‘Boosting organic: making the CAP effective project’, an action cofinanced by the European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development. It was developed in partnership with researchers from FiBL , Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona, Italy) and the German organic farmers association Naturland. 

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Source: IFOAM EU