France: recent data confirm the dynamism of the organic supply chains (IT)

21/07/2020
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The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food published a comment on the data concerning the French organic sector recently published by Agence Bio (LINK): production and consumption are progressing, the supply chains are being structured creating new jobs in the area.

With 2.3 million hectares of organic land and a market of almost 12 billion euros, France is second in Europe (behind Spain by surface and behind Germany by market). France is first for arable land (as surface), for laying hens and for broilers. The total cultivated surfaces in organic now represent 8.5% of the French agricultural surface compared to 7.5% in 2018.

The products with the highest growth are mainly processed products, in particular frozen products (+ 31%). In general, all productions are increasing: arable land (wheat, rapeseed), vegetables, fruit, vines, aromatic and medicinal plants. In particular, eggs have increased by 20% and remain the most consumed organic product. The range of organic products continues to expand, and the share of organic products in food purchases has increased to 6.1% (compared to 5% in 2018). More than half are sold in supermarkets.

Organic development also saw an increase in the number of holdings in all phases of the food supply chain: production (+ 13%), processing (+ 16%) and distribution (+ 24%). Employment increased by 15% across the sector, reaching a total of 179,500 direct jobs compared to 158,400 in 2018.

In all regions, without exception, the conversion rate of land to organic agriculture now exceeds 9%. The supply chain is organized locally, in particular in collaboration with the communities, to provide collective catering services. The goal of the EGalim law is to achieve 50% of sustainable products or with designation of origin and quality, including 20% ​​of organic products in canteens by 2022.

Local productions - or at least of French origin - are increasingly sought after. This trend, particularly accentuated among consumers of organic products, is driven by the desire to participate, through the act of purchasing, in the development of the territory.

Progress in French organic agriculture allows to meet growing demand without increasing imports. These remain stable at 33%, with downward prospects thanks, among other things, to the creation of the French sugar and banana supply chains (from overseas territories).

Source: Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation

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