Organic food is still in high demand. The global market for organic food reached 105 billion US dollars in 2018 (almost 97 billion euros), according to estimates provided by Ecovia Intelligence, an increase of 6% from the year before and keeps showing double-digit growth rates in different countries. The United States continues to lead the market with a sales record of $52.5 billion (40.6 billion euros), followed by Germany with $12.5 billion (10.9 billion euros), and France $10.43 (9.1 billion euros).

Organic farmland increased by 2.0 million hectares in 2018, reaching 71.5 Million hectares. In 2010 there were 35 million hectares of agricultural land managed organically. Australia still has the largest organic agricultural area (35.7 million hectares), followed by Argentina (3.6 million hectares), and China (3.1 million hectares).

The number of organic farmers has grown from 200,000 in 1999 to 2.8 million in 2018, with India, Uganda, and Ethiopia currently hosting the majority.

Denmark showed the highest organic market share, with 11.5 percent of its total food market. Danish and Swiss consumers spent the most on organic food, 312 Euros per capita, in 2018.

A total of 186 countries provided the data compiled in the 21st edition of “The World of Organic Agriculture,” published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International and presented at BIOFACH on February 12, 2020.

The report includes, for the first time, statistics on organic imports into the European Union, figures on Internal Control Systems (ICS), and data from Demeter International.
The “The World of Organic Agriculture” is also available in Chinese, published by Organic & Beyond.

This annual survey on the development of organic agriculture worldwide is a valuable tool thanks to the collaboration of several contributors and the editorial team conformed by
Helga Willer, Bernhard Schlatter, Jan Trávní ek, Laura Kemper, and Julia Lernoud of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Frick, Switzerland.

The report is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Sustainability Fund of Coop Switzerland, and NürnbergMesse, the organizers of the BIOFACH trade fair.

To purchase a printed copy or download the free digital version visit FiBL

More information on Ecovia’s report ‘The Global Market For Organic Food & Drink: Trends & Future Outlook”