The organic sector has grown 15% in the last year

The Savia Foundation has had access to the most innovative information related to the global ecological sector.

Data produced by FIBL and published at BIOFACH, the most important fair in the organic sector that is being held in Nuremberg (Germany).

The growth of the surface, the producers and the volume of business continue to grow at a great pace which is consolidating the production model with environmental and social sustainability criteria throughout the world.

The world surface has gone from 57,816,759 hectares in 2016 to 69,845,243 hectares, which represents a year-on-year growth of 20.76%.

Europe has gone from 13,509,146 hectares to 14,558,256 hectares and Spain, with 2,082,173 hectares is the fourth country in certified area after Australia, Argentina and China.

Global consumption has gone from 80 billion euros in 2016 to 92,074 billion euros, which continues to imply growth above two digits, with USA, with 40,011 billion euros the main market, followed by the EU with 37,351 billion euros.

The main European consumer countries are Germany (€ 10m), France (€ 7.9m), Italy (€ 3.1m) and Spain (€ 1.9m).

The number of producers continues in a vertiginous growth which shows the wide network of producers and processors around the world.

Of the 2.7 million producers in 2016, it has grown to 2.9 million producers worldwide, with more than 40% in Asia and an increase of + 1,300% since 1999.

Consumption per inhabitant and year is one of the most relevant indicators to assess the strength of the sector.

There are countries where per capita annual consumption demonstrates the stability and soundness of the production and consumption model.

In Switzerland per capita consumption per year is € 288, in Denmark € 278, in Sweden € 237, in Austria € 196, in Germany and the United States € 122.

In Spain, consumption is still € 40 per person per year, this is where we have an important challenge.

The Savia Foundation in various reports has proposed initiatives and measures to face this challenge.

Among others, define a strategic plan for state production and consumption to be concordant and close to the per capita spending of the countries with the highest consumption.

That ecological consumption be encouraged in public centers.

That the family industry be defended.

That there is a clear commitment to direct sales to bring producers and consumers closer.

That research and innovation be reinforced, and transferred to the market.

These new data are very important to perform an analysis of market trends, "We are a global reference in production, the excellence of our organic products is valued in the most demanding markets." It remains to consolidate the domestic market and ensure that production and the consumption are closer and more connected every day.The commitment to the organic sector, the product of proximity and seasonal improves the quality of our food and is a powerful tool in the face of climate change. ", explains Francisco Casero, president of the Savia Foundation.

Source: Agencias

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