Agence Bio: the 2017 activity report (IT)

25/05/2018
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Agence Bio, the French agency for the development and promotion of organic agriculture, has published a detailed report on the many initiatives undertaken in 2017, which highlight the strong dynamism of the sector in the country beyond the Alps.

At 31 December 2017 there were 53,940 holdings engaged in the organic sector in France, with an increase of 14.5% compared to 2016, for an area of 1.77 million hectares (+ 15% in a year), with almost 520,000 hectares in conversion (6.5% of the UAA). Excellent numbers underlined by a consumption of organic products that has continued to grow. In fact, in 2017, the organic food market overcame 8 billion euros, including catering, with an increase of + 16.6% compared to 2016.

The organic sector continues to be the main growth factor in the food sector. 85% of French people consider  important to develop organic farming, primarily because it helps to preserve the environment (91%), then because it is better for health (89%), because organic products are more natural , without synthetic chemicals (88%), and their nutritional qualities are better preserved (81%); finally, because organic is a source of employment (75%). The best taste of its products is another strong point of bio (73%)

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has recently announced the drafting of a program for the development of organic farming, setting the target of 15% of the agricultural land in organic by 2022. The same minister also confirmed the commitment to bring to 50% the quantity of "organic, local or ecological" products in collective catering.

 

HERE  you can download the report

Source: Agence Bio