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Organic Food

Written by Giulio Sabbati and Ivana Katsarova

Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that aims at sustainable agriculture, high-quality products and the use of processes that do not harm the environment, human, plant or animal health and welfare. Globally, 43.1 million hectares of agricultural land was under organic production in 2013, six million more than the year before. With 10.2 million hectares, the European Union (EU) accounts for 24% of the world’s organic land. There are almost 2 million organic producers in the world, mostly in Asia (36%), Africa (29%) and Latin America (16%). The EU represents 13% of this total.

The infographic first shows the production and consumption of organic food in the world. It then focuses on the EU figures for organic agricultural land, producers, sales and consumption. The last part describes the places where Europeans buy organic food and the reasons they choose to do so. Unless otherwise reported, data in this infographic are based on ‘The world of organic agriculture 2015’ – the largest global data collection on organics published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) and other partners. Data are collected and published annually.

Download this infographic on ‘Organic food’ in PDF.

If you are interested in learning more, read our briefing on ‘Organic food’.

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14 thoughts on “Organic Food

  1. is it really better?


    Posted by FARAH | January 24, 2018, 08:15
  2. I’m interested in organic food system and want to do a job in this field,i’m also working on small scale and making people aware with the importance of organic food and it’s benefits, plz guide me i need more guidance

    Posted by Unsabatool | January 12, 2016, 08:40
  3. Reblogged this on Ubuntu404 and commented:

    We share our basic needs. We need good and healthy food chains to grow and evolve.

    Biological foods should not be expensive. Natural foods. We need to go back to basics. Watch closely on disinformation and misleading marketing. Get informed and share your food experience ❤️💡 cc @foodxp404 #FutureFoods #BasicNeeds #WeAreOne

    Posted by ubuntu404 | August 27, 2015, 21:05
  4. Could you check the links to the brief and the graphs? For me they do not work today even though they did the other day. Thank you!

    Posted by Helga Willer | May 27, 2015, 16:49
    • The official EP website was experiencing some problems yesterday afternoon. Thus, the links to PDF versions were not working either. It is working well now…. Apologies for any inconvenience.

      Posted by EPRSAdmin | May 28, 2015, 16:09
  5. Reblogged this on Marcus Ampe's Space and commented:

    Man has engaged in underhand dealings with his food provision. The food industry was not at loss to add all sorts of chemical products. Because of all that bungling with food we can see so many allergic people and so many people with health issues.

    It is the task of the governments to protect its citizens against the money grubbers and against those who do not mind to fiddle with the precious things of mother earth.
    It is not because 13% would not be interested for environmental consequences that we can let the agricultural industry demolish the good balance of the earth. It is good to notice 87% of the respondents mentioned concern for the environment, but all people should be educated so that they all come to see the importance of getting to the right footprint trying to get a good balance between environmental protection, successful agriculture and healthy food offering for the consumer who likes enough variation, which he should be able to get.

    Posted by Marcus Ampe | May 22, 2015, 15:35


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