|February 17, 2004,
IFOAM: Currently more than 24 million hectares
of farmland are under organic management worldwide, according
to a study by the International Federation of Organic
Agriculture Movements, the Foundation for Ecology &
Farming, Germany, and the Swiss Research Institute of
Organic Agriculture. Australia leads with approximately
10 million ha, followed by Argentina with almost 3 million
ha and Italy with more than 1 million ha.
The percentage of total agricultural area that is farmed
organically is highest in Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavian
countries. In Switzerland for example ten percent of
the agricultural land is managed organically.
In 2002, the market value of organic products worldwide
reached US$23 billion, the largest share of organic
products being marketed in Europe and North America.
For the upcoming years, ongoing "healthy"
growth is expected.
The new study, The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics
and Emerging Trends 2004, will be released at BioFach
2004 in Nuremberg, Germany, the world's leading fair
for organic products, on Friday, February 20. The 2004
edition is the fifth to be released at BioFach. Apart
from the impressive collection of figures and illustrations,
the study features a completely updated chapter on the
market situation and emerging trends for several continents.
Furthermore, the chapters on standards and certification
include a wealth of new information.
Published in English, the study can be accessed via
the internet at: http://www.soel.de/oekolandbau/weltweit.html