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Sustainable Farming - Organic Farming

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday 17th May 2018

Organic Farming

 

The amount of organic farmland in Scotland has slightly increased in 2017, the first increase since 2008. A total of 123,000 hectares was certified as organic farmland in Scotland.

The total organic land area is now equivalent to 2.1 per cent of agricultural land in Scotland, compared to 2.9 per cent in the UK as a whole.

In 2002 Scotland accounted for 58% of the organic land in the UK. But this fell sharply and in 2017 Scotland has 24% of the UK’s organic farmland.

In the European Union, the percentage of farmland that is organic has been rising steadily, reaching 6.7 per cent in 2016.

The number of organic producers/processors in Scotland rose to 578 (of which 371 were producers), up from 560 in 2016. The number has been generally falling since 2008, as it has been in the UK as a whole.

Organic farming trends

This release contains data compiled by the UK Organic Certification Bodies. The data are sent to DEFRA each year to form the annual return required under European Commission Regulation No 889/2008. The data do not represent a snapshot at a particular date, but give the position on farms when they are inspected by the certifier bodies at some point during the year.

Further information and chart data tables at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/3038