French organic farming: a very dynamic 2015 (IT)


Agence Bio presented in Paris the 2015 report of the French organic sector. The French market registered record figures, with for example the birth of more than 200 organic farms a month. Cultivated surfaces, production volumes, in-conversion farms, consumption. In 2015, the French market for organic food products reached 5.76 billion euro, an increase of 14.7% compared to 2014:  in Europe, it was the market with the highest growth trend. And the threshold of 5% of organic UAA was trespassed.

All the organic supply chains were affected by this positive growth. The most dynamic sectors were those of ruminants (with a + 15% and + 10% of the farms engaged in cattle rearing and sheep farming) and of the arable sector. The latter recorded an unprecedented development, an increase of 70,000 hectares.

Purchases of organic products by individuals and canteens, in one year, grew exponentially. A trend showing that the organic market follows the strong demand of the French consumers. And the 88% of parents say they are interested to have organic food for their children in school canteens.

As for the distribution of organic farms, half of them are concentrated in three main regions: Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes. Organic farming generally tends to develop in areas where it is already well established, and is fully part of the agro-ecological project "Ambition 2017 bio" launched in 2013 by the minister Stéphane Le Foll to give new impetus to the development and structuring of the organic sector in the country.

The following are the  French organic farming figures at a glance (2015 compared to 2014):

+ 9% holdings entered in the sector

+ 23% organic soils

+ 15% market increase (domestic consumption of households + catering)

+ 18% the percentage of organic purchases in canteens

+ than 100,000 the number of jobs in the organic sector full time

76% of the organic products consumed in France are French

And the first 2016 figures suggest that this positive trend continues ...


Source: Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt