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EU’s organic farming area reaches 14.7 million hectares

The area used for organic agricultural production in the EU continues to increase. It covered 14.7 million hectares in 2020, up from 9.5 million hectares in 2012, equivalent to a rise of 56%. In 2020, the total organic area in the EU corresponded to 9.1% of the total utilised agricultural area (UAA).

Between 2012 and 2020, the share of the agricultural area used for organic farming increased in all EU Member States except for Poland.

In 2020, the highest shares of organic farm areas within total UAA were in Austria (25%), Estonia (22%) and Sweden (20%).  By contrast, the share of organic farming was below 5% in eight EU Member States, with the lowest shares in Ireland and Malta.

Eurostat, 22 February 2022