Acreage under organic productions grows, DEFRA reports

August 2, 2004, as reported by The United Kingdom’s organic acreage stands 1.6 million acres greater than it did just ten years ago, reported the UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DEFRA credits at least part of the success to the Organic Action plan launched two years ago.

"At the beginning of this year 696,000 hectares, 4% of UK farmland, was under organic production... The market is projected to grow by 9% a year to 2007,” said Organic Farming Minister Ben Bradshaw.

One other area where progress has been reported is in the amount of organic produce provided by UK farms. When the plan was written only 30% of organic produce consumed in the UK was produced domestically. Now that level has risen to 44% and the aim is to increase it further to 70% by 2010.

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