EU organic area reaches 8 m ha in 2008
The area of land farmed organically in the 27 EU member states reached 7.8 million ha in 2008, up by 7% on the previous year, says the European Commission’s statistical agency, Eurostat. Arable crops accounted for 37% and permanent crops for 10% of the organic area, but the main use for organic land was pastures for livestock (44%). Cereals accounted for 44% of the organic arable area, followed by green fodder (42%), other crops such as dried pulses, potatoes, sugar beet and seed production (7%), and fresh vegetables and industrial crops (both 4%). The total organic area accounts for around 4% of the EU agricultural area.