A constant increase in Utilised Agricultural Land dedicated to organic
In 2016, 7.26 % of the 32,264 farms in France were dedicated to organic farming, a 12% increase compared to 2015. With a total surface area of 1,538,047 hectares dedicated to organic, France is third in Europe behind Spain (2,018,802 ha) and Italy (1,796,363 ha).
The growth in this sector has been observed in all the divisions of the industry (row crops, animal fodder, vegetables, fruit, MAP, grapevines), but its success is not fairly distributed across all French regions. The Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Pays de la Loire regions account for 60% of total organic French production.
The French are developing a taste for organic
According to the consumer barometer managed by Agence BIO, 74% of French people intend to increase their organic consumption and 85 % consider it important to develop the sector. Additionally, 90% of parents are interested in seeing an organic offering in school catering. This increase in demand and substantial enthusiasm for organic products can be partially attributed to events and initiatives such as Printemps BIO whose aim is to inform the general public and professionals as to the benefits of organic farming and its products.
Job creation and strong economic growth
The positive effects of organic food upon the health of consumers and the environment have been proven multiple times,as has its impact on employment. An organic farm represents on average 2.4 annual work units against 1.5 in traditional farming and the sector currently boasts 118,000 direct jobs, with 32,500 new jobs created within the last four years.
In addition, the jobs created within the sector are unquestionably wide and varied in nature:
- 77,000 direct jobs within farms
- 2,000 jobs in counselingconsulting, inspectioncontrol, research, training, etc.
- 12,800 direct jobs in organic product processings
- 23,800 direct jobs in organic product retails