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The World of Organic Agriculture 2017

The 2017 edition of The Organic World of Agriculture.

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Helga Willer
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Organic Farming Statistics

Organic agriculture world-wide and in Europe

The main results of the latest survey on certified organic agriculture world-wide show (data end of 2015) that 50.9  million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically. Growth was noted for all important indicators: Area, producers and retail sales.

The regions with the largest areas of organically managed agricultural land are Oceania (22.8 million hectares or 45 percent of the global organic farmland), Europe (12.7 million hectares or 25 percent of the global organic farmland) and Latin America (6.8 million hectares or 15 percent). The countries with the most organic agricultural land are Australia (22.7 million hectares), Argentina (3.1 million hectares) and the United States (2.0 million hectares).

On a global level, the organic agricultural land area increased by 6.5 million hectares compared with with 2014.  

The highest shares of organic agricultural land are in Liechtenstein (30.2 percent) and Austria (21.3 percent).

There were almost 2.4 million producers and the countries with the highest numbers of producers are India, Ethiopia and Mexico.

The market research company Organic Monitor estimates the global market for organic food to have reached 81.6 billion US dollars in 2015 (approximately 75 billion euros). The United States is the leading market with 35.9 billion euros, followed by Germany (8.6 billion euros), France (5.5 billion euros), and China (4.7 billion euros). In 2015, most of the major markets showed double-digit growth rates The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (262 Euros), and Denmark has the highest organic market share (8.4 percent of the total food market).


The organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2015, it increased by 13% and nearly reached 30 billion euros (European Union: 27.1 billion Euros). Almost all the major markets enjoyed double-digit growth rates.Farmland increased by 8 %.

Germany is the largest organic market in Europe (8.6 billion euros), followed by France (5.5 billion euros), the UK (2.6 billion euros) and Italy (2.3 billion euros) (2015 data). The first figures available for 2016 show that the market continues to grow (Germany 2016: 9.5 billion euros). Globally, Germany is the second largest market after the U.S. (35.8 billion euros in 2015).

The trend of the market growing faster than organic farmland continued in 2015. However, it is encouraging that the area of organic farmland grew at a faster rate than it had in past years: it increased by almost one million hectares or by 8.2%. At the end of 2015, 12.7 million hectares were under organic management in Europe (in the European Union, 11.2 million hectares). This constitutes 2.5%   6.2% respectively   of the total agricultural land. The countries with the largest organic farmland areas are Spain (1.97 million hectares), Italy (1.49 million hectares) and France (1.37 million hectares). In each of these three countries, the area of organic farmland increased by at least 100’000 hectares. Nine European countries report that at least 10 % of their farmland is organic and the highest organic shares worldwide are in Liechtenstein (30.2 %), Austria (21.3 %) and Sweden (16.9 %).

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