Organic has become a way of living. The organic sector in the EU has been rapidly developing during the past years. According to Eurostat data, the EU-28 had in 2015 a total area of 11.1 million hectares cultivated as organic, up from 5.0 million in 2002. During the last decade, organic area in the EU increased by about 500 000 hectares per year. The whole organic area represents only 6.2% of total utilised agricultural area in Europe. The organic area is cultivated by almost 185 000 farms across Europe. Around 306 500 organic operators (producers, processors and importers) were registered in the EU-28 in 2015.
The report relies on different types of statistical and market data as well as data derived from the implementation of agricultural policy measures. Statistical data originate mainly from Eurostat but other sources are utlised as well.
This report contains data up to year 2015, whenever possible, and therefore refers to the EU-28.
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.
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 http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/agriculture/data/database then select "Agriculture, forestry and fisheries" and then "Organic farming".