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).

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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