Statistics

Certified OF is now practiced in approximately 120 countries of the world. According to the last survey, more than 31 million ha is currently managed organically by at least 623 174 farms worldwide. However, the certified forest and wild harvested plants add at least another 19.7 million ha, amounting to more than 51 million ha in total. Currently, the countries with the greatest organic areas are Australia (12.1 million ha), China (3.5 million ha), and Argentina (2.8 million ha) (Figure 3). The percentages, however, are highest in Europe (Table 1).

Australia/Oceania

Figure 3 The certified organic area worldwide in SOEL (Stiftung (Ökologie & Landbau, Bad Dürkheim; www.soel.de) at survey 2006 (http://www.soel.de/oekolandbau/wettweit.html). Reproduced by permission of SOEL.

Australia/Oceania

Figure 3 The certified organic area worldwide in SOEL (Stiftung (Ökologie & Landbau, Bad Dürkheim; www.soel.de) at survey 2006 (http://www.soel.de/oekolandbau/wettweit.html). Reproduced by permission of SOEL.

Table 1 Land under organic management and organic farms worldwide by continent

Continent

Organic land area (million ha)

Percentage of organic land area

Number of farms/percentage

Africa

1.2

3

118329/19

Asia

4.1

13

130000/21

Australia/Oceania

12.2

39

2662/0.5

Europe

6.5

21

167 000/27

Latin America

6.4

20

193062/31

North America

1.4

4

12 000/2

Total area/number

31.8

623053

See for details Wilier H and Yussefi M (2006) The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2006. Bonn (Germany): International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and Frick (Switzerland): Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

Table 2 Main land-use categories by continent

Organic land

Percent

Percent of

Percent of

Percent of certified

area (million

of arable

permanent

permanent

land with unknown

Continent

ha)

land

crops

pastures

land use

Africa

1.2

8

29

3

60

Asia

4.1

13

1

72

14

Australia/Oceania

12.2

3

97

Europe

6.5

42

7

45

6

Latin America

6.4

2

9

50

38

North America

1.4

50

2

32

16

See for details Willer H and Yussefi M (2006) The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2006. Bonn (Germany): International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and Frick (Switzerland): Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

See for details Willer H and Yussefi M (2006) The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2006. Bonn (Germany): International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and Frick (Switzerland): Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

In regard to crop statistics the main land use categories show that more than half of the organic agricultural land is used for permanent pasture (see Table 2).

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