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Global organic area reaches another all-time high, according to new data from FiBL and IFOAM. Organic farmland increased by 20 per cent compared to 2016.

Nearly 70 million hectares of farmland are organic, according to the statistical yearbook The World of Organic Agriculture published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International in February 2019.

The yearbook presents the results of the annual survey on organic agriculture worldwide, contains reports authored by experts on the organic sector and on emerging trends. A further article focuses on organic cotton and a chapter reviews key commodities certified by selected Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS).

Organic farmland increased substantially

According to the latest FiBL survey on organic agriculture worldwide, organic farmland increased substantially, and the number of organic producers and organic retail sales also continued to grow, reaching another all-time high, as shown by the data from 181 countries (data as at end-2017).

A total of 69.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2017, representing a growth of 20 per cent or 11.7 million hectares compared to 2016, the largest growth ever recorded.

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