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Growth of the European organic market

In 2013 the European organic market grew by approx. 6% to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion euros on organic food and some countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Norway showed double digit growth rates. This is shown by the latest data provided by the Organic Data Network, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Agricultural Market Company Information Company (AMI). The countries with the highest per capita consumption were Switzerland, followed by Denmark, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Austria, Sweden and Germany. In a global context, the shares of total food market were highest in Europe and the United States.

The area of land under organic cultivation grew by 0.3 million hectares. Organically cultivated land constitutes 11.5 million hectares in Europe and 10.2 million hectares in the European Union. This is 2.4% and 5.7% of the total agricultural land respectively. The countries with the largest organic areas are Spain (1.6 million hectares) Italy (1.3 million hectares) and France and Germany (1.1 million hectares each). The share of organic agricultural land is more than 10% in eight European countries. read more   

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