Bioreport 2017-18: organic farming in Italy (IT)

29/01/2019
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It is now available BIOREPORT 2017-2018, a publication which analyzes the evolution of Italian organic farming since 2011.

The data reported in the work indicate how the Italian organic sector continues the process of consolidation and strengthening in the context of the national agri-food system and of the international scenario. Italy is number six  in the world ranking of countries producing organic food by surface area and market value.

The production structure also is strengthening: growers, processors and importers grow. Organic farms are more than twice the size of the average conventional farms, and achieve better economic results than conventional ones on average.

This edition presents different in-depth analysis, among which the detailed analysis of the payment levels foreseen within the regional RDPs for organic farming, which are compared with those for integrated production and conservative agriculture. This analysis highlights in some cases a strong competitiveness between the different methods,  with the risk of penalizing accession to the organic farming system. The analysis carried out in terms of innovation, training and information in the regional RDPs should also be mentioned.

Among the other topics covered, the work includes the contribution of organic farming to climate change mitigation, the market of plant protection products allowed in organic farming, the rules about the use of plant protection products in the vicinity of residential areas in some Italian municipalities and, as regards the social dimension of the sector’s sustainability, the Donau Soja Association international cooperation initiative, which enhances European soya and its derivatives.

BIOREPORT 2017 – 18    (in Italian)

Source: Rete Rurale Nazionale