More and more European farmers opt for organic farming

The surface area devoted to organic farming in the European Union between 2010 and 2015, increased from 9 to 11 million acres, according to the youngest data of Eurostat. Of all the usable agricultural land in the EU is now 6.2 percent to organic farming.

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The country with the most organic agriculture is Austria. A fifth of the usable agricultural land or 552.000 hectares is used for this purpose. In second place is Sweden (17 percent and 519.000 ha), followed by Estonia (16 pct and 156.000 acres). Also in countries like the Czech republic, Italy and Latvia, more than 10 percent of the agricultural land devoted to organic farming.

In Belgium, we remain 5.1 percent below the average, but there was also here a strong increase: with 40 percent to 68.818 acres.

The countries with the smallest share of organic farming are Malta (0.3 pct), Ireland (1,6 pct) and Romania (1,8 pct). In most European countries there was in the previous five-year increase, with the exception of the United Kingdom (-29 pct) and the Netherlands (-4 pct). In Croatia and Bulgaria, there was almost a fourfold increase. (Belga)

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