|August 2, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: 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.