By / March 9, 2018

Evolution of the total area under organic cultivation in the EU-28

Evolution of the total area under organic cultivation in the EU-28

Evolution of the total area under organic cultivation in the EU-28 (million ha)

In recent years, the agricultural area under organic cultivation in the EU has increased (see Figure 1). Eurostat data indicate that, in 2015, the total EU-28 area cultivated as organic was 11.1 million hectares, up from 5.0 million in 2002. By 2016, this figure had increased to 11.9 million hectares. Despite this increase, the whole organic area represents only 6.2 % of the total EU agricultural area. There is a risk of limitation to the expansion of the organic market, as growing imports have to cover the difference between EU demand for organic products and EU production.


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