2020, The Netherlands: organic acreage increases

In 2020, organic acreage in the Netherlands increased by 5.9% to 79.664 ha on 2019, according to the annual organic industry figures published by Skal Biocontrol. The number of registered agricultural holdings grew from 2,076 to 2,115. Despite the growth, fewer farmers switched to organic (22% less) for the sixth year in a row. A trend that started in 2016: that year 245 farmers made the switch, in 2019: 124 and in 2020: 96 farmers.


Agence Bio: a new dossier in English on organic agriculture in the EU

New edition by Agence Bio of the dossier "Carnet sur l'agriculture bio dans l'Union européenne- Edition 2019".

The document consists of several chapters:


LIVESEED -D4.2 Report describing three crop case studies investigating in detail the socio-economic factors influencing the behaviour of various stakeholders regarding the use of organic seed

The report explores common aspects and differences in relation to organic seed in arable, horticulture and forage crop sectors. It builds on literature, an analysis of the status quo and regulatory regime for the different sectors, and interviews with stakeholders of a number of seed supply chains in different countries.

Mipaaft: now published the data on the Italian organic sector for 2018

The data on the Italian organic sector in 2018 have now been published on the Mipaaft website. Elaborated by SINAB, the data indicate that, since 2010, the hectares of the Italian organic surface have increased by over 75%, while the number of operators in the sector has grown by over 65%. To date, the area dedicated to organic farming in 2018 is equivalent to the extension of an area as wide as the Apulia region. 

Organic farming in EU: a fast growing sector

The EU Commission has published two reports on organic farming and imports of organic products in the EU. The documents show that, between 2010 and 2017, there was a sharp increase in the agricultural area dedicated to organic farming, and the role of the import of organic products also increased considerably.


Europe: organic agriculture continues to increase

According to the data presented by FIBL and AMI-the Agricultural Market Information Company at BioFach in Nuremberg, in Europe 13.5 million hectares of farmland were cultivated in 2016 with the organic farming method (European Union: 12.1 million hectares). With more than 2 million hectares, Spain continues to be the country with the largest organic area, followed by Italy (1.8 million hectares) and France (1.5 million hectares).


Organic boom in Bulgaria and Croatia, but decline in Romania

Eurostat, the European Statistics Agency, has published data related to organic farming in Eastern European countries: very particular the situation of Bulgaria and Croatia , which have seen the highest rate of expansion in their organic farming sectors in relation to the whole of the EU 28 nations in recent years.


“bioC”: a new global certification directory

IFOAM - Organics International has recently established a partnership with "bioC", a platform where Control and Certification Bodies (CBs) from all over the world can publish their certified operators' data using secure interfaces. Since it is only the CBs that enter data, fraudulent operators can not display false certificates.


BioSuisse: the 2016 Annual Report

Following the BioSuisse annual report, Swiss and Liechtenstein organic farming continues to grow, with the record of 6,538 active operators. As a result, 6,144 producers now act according to the “Gemma” guidelines of Bio Suisse (“Gemma” is the BioSuisse private standard). These farms cultivate some 140,000 hectares of land, that is 13.4% of the total agricultural area.


Austria: organic retail sales data for 2014 and 2015 now available

New market data for Austria were published upon the occasion of BioFach 2017, together with data about surfaces and producers numbers for 2016, recently released by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture. All the data,  collected by AMA-Marketing in collaboration with the sector organisation BIO Austria, are related to total retail sales in 2014 and 2015. According to these data, retail sales of organic products amounted to 1.3 billion euros in 2015 (1.2 billion in 2014).



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