Let’s talk organic agriculture. Because Organic eating and farming is up!  That’s according to figures presented by Swiss institute FIBL and IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). They are located at Biofach (Nuremberg). In addition, 2017 was another record year for the organic agriculture and the entire sector worldwide. Thereby registering a growth in turnover. That’s  as well as, businesses and cultivated areas.

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David Knop checks his organic newly-planted blackberry rows for moisture in Steeleville, Ill. (Isaac Smith/The Southern, via AP)

First off, the number of certified organic agriculture or farms in the United States increased 11 percent in 2016 to 14,217 from the previous year. That’s according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. In addition, it has gone up 56 percent since 2011.

Sales of certified organic products have also skyrocketed in recent years. That’s as American farms and ranches sold nearly $7.6 billion in certified organic goods in 2016. I mean that’s more than double the $3.5 billion in sales in 2011. All according to the Pew Research Center.

So even despite the vast growth, organic farming still makes up only less than one percent of U.S. agricultural farmland overall.

The World of organic agriculture” report talks about over €92 billion total turnover. That means 2.9 million producers and 69.8 billion hectares cultivated using organic techniques. The organic cosmetic sector is also doing well with a global turnover of €15 billion in 2017.

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“Organic productions are growing both in Europe and the US as well as in smaller countries,” explains CCPB CEO Fabrizio Piva.

Italy plays a leading role when it comes to production, cultivated areas and consumption. It is the European country with the largest number of processing facilities (18,000) and it is the second leading exporter after the US when it comes to value (almost €2 billion in 2017). “This show how Italy is a leading organic producer on an international level.”

CCPB is a certifying body specializing in organic and sustainable agriculture and had two stands at Biofach for food (Hall 4-511) and for cosmetic products (Hall 7A-551).

Publication date: 2/18/2019

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