|Global Organic Farming: Continued Growth
Global Organic Farming: Continued Growth - IFOAM, FiBL and SÖL present new facts and figures about the organic sector at BioFach 2008
|| The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) und the Foundation Ecology and Agriculture (SÖL) will present the latest statistics about organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach 2008. The results of this yearís study titled ìThe World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2008 will be presented at the world's largest trade fair for organic products on Friday February 22nd 2008 at 10:00 in Room Shanghai.
|| The study shows that 30.4 million hectares are currently certified
according to organic standards (data as at the end of 2006). Australia
continues to account for the largest certified organic surface area,
with 12.3 million hectares, followed by China (2.3 million hectares),
Argentina (2.2 million hectares) and the USA (1.6 million hectares).
The greatest share of global organic surface area is in
Oceania/Australia (42%), followed by Europe (24%) and Latin America
(16%). In terms of certified land under organic management as a
proportion of national agricultural area, the Alpine countries, such as
Austria (13%, 361,487 hectares) and Switzerland (12%, 125,596
hectares), top the statistics. Compared to the adjusted data of the
previous survey, the global organic area grew by approximately 1.8
million hectares during 2006. Growth was strongest in Oceania/Australia
(more than 600,000 hectares) and Europe (more than 500,000 hectares).
From the first figures available for 2007, Helga Willer of FiBL expects
that the area under organic management has continued to grow.
global market for organic products reached a value of 38.6 billion US
Dollars in 2006, with the vast majority of products being consumed in
North America and Europe, according to Organic Monitor. This
constitutes a growth of five billion US Dollars compared to the 2005
data. Healthy growth rates are expected to continue in the coming
years. Angela Caudle de Freitas, IFOAM Executive Director, suggests
that the ever-growing demand for organic products offers attractive
opportunities for producers especially those in developing countries.
World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2008 is
being presented for the ninth consecutive year at BioFach 2008. 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 land-use data.
the global survey and production of the yearbook has been supported by
NürnbergMesse since 2000. Starting in 2008, support is now also being
provided by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO),
Berne/Switzerland, within the framework of its support activities for
organic production in developing countries and by the International
Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva/Switzerland, which has joined the survey as
a partner. The global survey on organic farming and the publication of
the yearbook have been carried out jointly by IFOAM, FiBL and SÖL since
- Dr. Helga Willer,
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Ackerstr., CH-5070
Frick, Tel. +41 79 2180626, Fax +41 62 8657-273, E-Mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet www.fibl.org
- Anita Deppe,
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM),
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 5, D-53113 Bonn, Germany, Tel. +49 228 92650-10,
Fax +49 228 92650-99, E-Mail email@example.com, Internet www.ifoam.org
- Petra Trommer, NürnbergMesse, Messezentrum, D-90471 Nürnberg,
- Tel. +49 911 8606‑8328, E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Internet www.biofach.de
Rohwedder, Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau (SÖL), Weinstraße Süd 51,
D-67098 Bad Dürkheim, Germany, Tel. +49 6322 989700, Fax +49 6322
989701, E-Mail email@example.com; Internet www.soel.de
Willer, Minou Yussefi-Menzler and Neil Sorensen (Editors) (2008): The
World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2008.
IFOAM, Bonn/Germany and FiBL, Frick/Switzerland. 272 pages, 25 EUR,
978-3-934055-99-5 and 978-3-03736-014-9
- The print version of the study can be ordered from IFOAM or FiBL (addresses see above).
study can be purchased as a pdf document via Internet from both the
IFOAM and FiBL websites for 20 Euros at shop.ifoam.org/bookstore/ and
A hardback edition is published by Earthscan, London, UK, ISBN 978-1-84407-592-8
Graphics: are available via www.organic-world.net.
- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) - www.ifoam.org
- Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) - www.fibl.org
- Foundation Ecology & Agriculture (SOEL) - www.soel.de
- BioFach World Organic Trade Fair - www.biofach.de
- International Trade Centre ITC - http://www.intracen.org/dbms/organics/index.asp
State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO)/Economic Development and
Cooperation - http://www.seco-cooperation.admin.ch/index.html?lang=en
- Organic World Homepage - www.organic-world.net