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Crops cover a quarter of EU land area

Crops cover 24% of the total EU land area, while grassland accounts for a further 20%, reveals Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistical service. Eurostat’s first large-scale harmonised land survey reveals that 43% of land in the EU is used for agriculture and 29% for forestry. The survey was conducted in 2009 in 23 EU member states. The highest shares of land cover by crops were in Denmark (48%), Hungary (47%), Poland (36%), the Czech Republic (35%), Germany and Italy (both 33%), and Spain and France (both 30%). The largest proportions of agricultural or natural grasslands were in Ireland (64%), the UK (42%), the Netherlands (38%) and Belgium (33%).



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