The study shows that nearly 31 million hectares are currently certified according to organic standards. Australia continues to account for the largest certified organic surface area, with 11.8 million hectares, followed by Argentina (3.1 million hectares), China (2.3 million hectares) and the USA (1.6 million hectares). Germany is in the seventh position worldwide. The most significant portion of global organic surface area is in Oceania (39%), followed by Europe (23%) and Latin America (19%). In terms of the certified organic agriculture as a proportion of all arable agricultural surface area, the Alpine countries, such as Austria with more than 14%, top the statistics. Dr. Helga Willer und Minou Yussefi, who have headed up the study for the last eight years, emphasize that the growth exhibited in the USA (more than 400,000 hectares) and certain European countries (more than 110,000 hectares in Italy and 85,000 hectares in Poland) has been the most noteworthy. In addition to the certified organic arable land, nearly 62 million hectares are currently certified to organic standards for the collection of wild product, according to research by the International Trade Center (ITC).
The global market for organic products reached a value of 25.5 billion Euros in 2005, with the vast majority of products being consumed in North America and Europe, according to the market research experts of Organic Monitor. For 2006, the value of global markets is estimated to be at more than 30 billion Euros. Healthy growth rates are expected to continue in the coming years. Angela B. Caudle, IFOAM Executive Director, suggests that the ever-growing demand for organic products offers attractive opportunities for producers especially those in developing countries.
The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2007 is being presented for the eighth consecutive year at BioFach 2007. In addition to chapters reviewing organic agriculture worldwide, numerous illustrations and graphs, and completely revised reports about the emerging trends and regional development highlights on each individual continent, the study includes a comprehensive annex with the entire data set and expanded coverage of commodity specific data.
Dr. Helga Willer, Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Ackerstr., CH-5070 Frick, Tel. +41 79 2180626, Fax +41 62 8657-273, E-Mail email@example.com, Internet www.fibl.org
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Information about the study
Helga Willer und Minou Yussefi (Editors):
The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2007
Completely revised edition, February 2007, IFOAM, Bonn, Germany and FiBL, Frick, Switzerland. 252 Pages, 20.00 EUR, 3-934055-82-6
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