Organic farming in the UK - statistics & facts

Organic farming methods have been on the rise in Europe since the mid-90s. By now over 15.6 million hectares of organic farmland exist in the European Union. Organic farming is characterized by the use of fertilizers that are organically produced. The number one fertilizer used in organic farming in the UK is cattle farmyard manure, followed by cattle slurry. It is also not uncommon that organic farming is done without fertilizers and methods such as crop rotation are utilized instead. The UK is among the ten largest organic food markets worldwide, based on revenue generated. However, it is not among the ten countries with the largest organic farmland area.

Land used for organic farming

The total area used in the UK for organic farming amounted to 457,100 hectares. This area has been shrinking for a while. Land used in the UK is just barely more than a fifth of the organic farmland of Spain, and is smaller than many other European countries' organic farmlands. Approximately 290,000 hectares are used for permanent pastures, while other areas are temporary farmland, used for woodlands, unutilized, or in conversion to become organic land.

Forms of use and livestock

In the UK, about 37,000 hectares are used for cereal crops. Vegetable crops such as potatoes account for around eight thousand hectares of organic land used. Besides different forms of crops, organic farming also extends to livestock. Hundreds of thousands of animals are considered organic sheep or cattle. While the number of organic sheep in the UK only comes up to 33,000, the number of chickens considered organic amounts to 3.5 million animals.

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