Organic growing area still in decline

The UK's organic fruit and vegetable growing area fell last year for the fifth successive year. Latest figures from Defra show that vegetables fell in area by 7.5 per cent while fruit fell 3.5 per cent. The total area of organic farmland fell five per cent.

Organic vegetables now make up 8.7 per cent of the total vegetable area while organic fruit accounts for 6.2 per cent. Less than one per cent of the UK's potato-growing area is organic.

The total number of organic producers also fell last year, by 6.4 per cent, with sharper decreases in Wales and Scotland.

In March, the Soil Association reported a rise of nearly three per cent in demand for organic products last year and suggested that inadequate UK supply could lead to higher imports.


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