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France overtook Spain in the number of hectares devoted to organic production

The report from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) published this February with data corresponding to the 2020 financial year reveals that Spain has lost its leadership in the European ranking of organic production area.

In 2020, France had 2,517,478 hectares of organic production, overtaking Spain with 2,437,891 hectares. Italy continued to rank third with 2,095,364 hectares and was followed by Germany with 1,590,962 hectares and Sweden with 610,543 hectares.

In 2020, the EU devoted 9.1% of its total useful agricultural area, i.e. 14.7 million hectares, to organic production, 5.3% more than in the previous year.

The report highlights that the growth achieved in 2020 was important but that it was lower than the 8.5% increase of the previous year.

In application of EU regulations in this sector, Eurostat stated that the data presented refers to the total area of organic production (in this case, from 2020), which includes both the 'area in conversion' and the 'certified area'. Before an area can be certified as an organic production area it must go through a conversion process that can take 2 to 3 years, depending on the crop.

Countries with the largest implantation
The European countries with the highest proportion of organic production in relation to their total agricultural area are Austria, Estonia, and Sweden, all of which have more than 20% of their agricultural area transformed to organic production. Spain devotes 10% of its total agricultural area to organic production.

You can read the full report at the following link.



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