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Weekly organic food buyers in Great Britain 2017, by food type

According to the survey conducted for Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, 16 percent of respondents buy organic poultry weekly in Great Britain. The figure is higher for milk, cream, and yoghurt and highest for fruit and vegetables at 27 and 30 percent respectively.

Organic farming

Organic farming is characterized by the use of fertilizers that come from organic sources. Roughly 50 percent of British farmers use farmyard manure from cattle and close to forty percent use no organic fertilizers at all. Other techniques, among them mixed cropping, crop rotation, and biological pest control, are applied while synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are restricted or prohibited depending on different standards. What exactly qualifies a product for certification, which must be obtained in many countries for a food to be considered organic, varies by authority.

Organic products and production

In 2017, The organic market in the UK was estimated to be worth 2.22 billion British pounds. The biggest driver of growth is chilled food. The UK has almost 500 thousand hectares of farmland that is used for the production of organic goods. In 2017, roughly 6,500 enterprises in the UK work in production and/or processing of organic products.

Share of consumers buying organic food weekly in Great Britain in 2017, by food type

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Release date

July 2017


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

March to April 2017

Number of respondents

1,078 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

all who buy organic food

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Respondents were asked "Considering the broad categories of food that I will read out to you, about how often, if at all, do you buy any in organic form?". The figures show all who responded with 'weekly'.

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