Organic Farming

Data and statistics

Data and statistics

The latest report and data available on organic farming are listed below:

Report – Facts and Figures on Organic Farming in the European Union (October  2013)(837 kB) .

This is the second report providing an overview of the development in the organic farming sector during the last decade. Based on Eurostat statistical information and other sources, it analyses certified organic and in-conversion areas, number of certified organic and in-conversion holdings, as well as the breakdown of arable and orchard production and animal sector.

The organic sector in the EU has been rapidly developing during the past years. According to Eurostat data, the EU-27 had in 2011 a total area of 9.6 million hectares cultivated as organic, up from 5.7 million in 2002. Although this is a big increase, the whole organic area represents only 5.4% of total utilised agricultural area in Europe. The organic area is cultivated by more than 186 000 farms across Europe. Most of the organic land (78%) and of organic farms (83%) are situated in the EU Member States having joined the EU before 2000, in which national and European legislation, among others, helped stimulate the development of this sector. The European countries having joined the EU since 2004 are quickly expanding the organic sector as well. They registered a 13% yearly growth rate in their organic area for from 2002 to 2011 and saw their number of holdings increase almost tenfold between 2003 and 2010.

Eurostat data on organic farming

For further information, please visit the Eurostat database which includes data on organic crop area, including the share of organic in relation to total utilised agricultural area (UAA) occupied in the Member states.

Click on then select "Agriculture, forestry and fisheries" and then "Organic farming".