Europe plans to triple agricultural land dedicated to organic farming by 2030

The European Commission has announced a plan to increase the share of organic farmland in the European Union to 25% by 2030 as part of the Union’s Farm to Fork Strategy.

Currently, around 8.5% – 13.8 million hectares – of all agricultural land in the EU is farmed organically. According to Eurostat data, 9.8% of the bloc’s 4.6 million hectares of olive groves are grown organically.

Increasing organic production is essential for the transition to more sustainable agricultural and aquaculture sectors that provide fair incomes to farmers and contribute to the dynamism of European rural and coastal areas.– European Commission,

The European Commission estimates that organic agricultural products in the 27-member bloc are currently valued at around €41 billion.

By producing high quality food with low environmental impact, organic farming will play a key role in the development of a sustainable food system for the EU,” the European Commission said.

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Before the Commission made its announcement, the share of agricultural land devoted to organic farming practices was already on track to reach between 15 and 18% by 2030.

The 25% target significantly increases our ambition,” the Commission said in its report. This action plan aims to encourage a marked increase in the share of organic farming in the EU, encouraging farmers to convert to organic farming and widening the accessibility of organic food in order to fill the gap between a status quo growth curve and the extra effort’ needed to achieve a 25% target by 2030.”

The Commission plans to achieve its new target by boosting organic food consumption in the bloc. To do this, she proposed to promote the organic farming logo applied to food products in the EU, to improve traceability and to fight against food fraud to increase consumer confidence.

The Commission also plans to increase the rate at which farmers convert to organic practices by providing financial support and incentives to do so through the Common Agricultural Policy, promoting organic producer associations and strengthening supply chains. local and small-volume production.

The ultimate aim of the plan is to add value to European agriculture and increase the sustainability of the sector, which is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases on the continent.

The EU has a leading role to play in promoting changes in farming practices,” the report concludes. Increasing organic production is essential for the transition to more sustainable agricultural and aquaculture sectors that provide fair incomes to farmers and contribute to the dynamism of European rural and coastal areas.



Amalia H. Mercado