Commission report (11/2013):
This report gives an overview of organic agriculture in the EU based on the data available and its evolution over recent years. There are more than 186 000 organic farms across the EU, cultivating an area of 9.6 million hectares (5.4% of the total agricultural area). Organic holdings are overall bigger than conventional farms and their managers are younger. Permanent pasture represents the biggest share of the organic area (about 45%), followed by cereals (around 15%) and permanent crops (about 13%). Besides poultry, which registers the highest number of animal organic heads, the rest of organic livestock is led by sheep (46%) and bovines (30%) at European level.