UK organic farming area falls
There has been a 2.8% fall in the land under organic crop cultivation in the UK to 718,000 ha, reveal figures from the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). That follows a 0.7% dip in 2009 from the 2008 peak of 744,000 ha. The area under cereals declined by 5.2% to 57,000 ha. There was a similar decrease in the area under organic vegetables to 18,000 ha. Permanent pasture land formed the biggest block of area, accounting for two-thirds of the total. It saw a 3.4% drop to 479,000 ha.