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Spain remains the EU's largest organic producer
In 2015, Spain was still the EU country with the most acreage devoted to organic crops, with 1.9 million hectares; 22% more than in 2010, according to data released by the EU statistics office, Eurostat.
Specifically, Spain went from 1.6 to 1.9 million hectares in five years.
Next in the rankings are: Italy (about 1.5 million hectares), France (1.3 million) and Germany (1 million hectares), according to Eurostat data.
In 2015, the EU had a total of 11.1 million hectares of such crops, which is 21.1% more than five years earlier.
When compared to the total agricultural area, the largest acreage devoted to organic crops is that of Austria (where they account for 20.3% of the total cultivated area), Sweden (17%) and Estonia (16%).
In the case of Spain, organic farming accounted for 8.2% of the total agricultural area in 2015, compared with 6.8% five years earlier.
The countries where this type of agriculture has the smallest share are Malta (0.3%), Ireland (1.6%) and Romania (1.8%), according to the same source.
Meanwhile, the Member States where the organic acreage grew the most were Croatia: (with an increase of 377%) and Bulgaria (362%), followed by France (61%), Ireland (53%) and Lithuania (49%).
At the other extreme, the acreage decreased the most in the UK (-29%) and the Netherlands (-2.4%).
Publication date: 10/31/2016
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