Data released today at Biofach (Nuremberg, Germany) reveals that organic food and farming is booming around with world, with more farmers, more organic land and global retail sales worth almost 90 billion US dollars.
The 2018 edition of the study The World of Organic Agriculture (data per end of 2016) published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International shows that the positive trend seen in the past years continues. Consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178 countries report organic farming activities. fair.
The global organic market continues to grow
The market research company Ecovia Intelligence estimates that the global market for organic food reached 89.7 billion US dollars in 2016 (more than 80 billion euros). The United States is the leading market with 38.9 billion euros, followed by Germany (9.5 billion euros), France (6.7 billion euros), and China (5.9 billion euros). In 2016, most of the major markets continued to show double-digit growth rates, and the French organic market grew by 22%. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (274 Euros), and Denmark had the highest organic market share (9.7% of the total food market).
Almost three million producers worldwide
In 2016, 2.7 million organic producers were reported. India continues to be the ecountry with the highest number of producers (835,200), followed by Uganda (210,352), and Mexico (210,000).
Organic farmland increases by 15% to almost 58 million hectares
A total of 57.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2016, representing a growth of 7.5 million hectares over 2015, the largest growth ever recorded. Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (27.2 million hectares), followed by Argentina (3 million hectares), and China (2.3 million hectares).
Almost half of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (27.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (23%; 13.5 million hectares), and Latin America (12%; 7.1 million hectares).
10% or more of the farmland is organic in fifteen countries
The countries with the largest organic share of agricultural land of their total farmland are the Liechtenstein (37.7%), French Polynesia (31.3%), and Samoa (22.4%). In fifteen countries, 10% or more of all agricultural land is organic, a new record.