According to data from the European Union Statistical office (Eurostat), the organic cultivation of agricultural products in the European Union included more than 11 million hectares of land in 2015 which was 21 percent more in comparison to 2014.
The data also showed that the greatest increase of the organic agricultural land was achieved in Croatia. In 2010 the organic cultivation of food included 16,000 hectares of land, whilst in 2015 the organic land area increased almost to 76,000 hectares or 377 percent.
Apart from Croatia, over the five-year period a significant increase of the organic food cultivation land was also recorded in Bulgaria (362%), France (61%), Ireland (53%), Lituania (49%) and Cyprus (48%), whilst the downward trend was observed in the United Kingdom (-29%) and the Netherlands (-4%).
The organic agriculture in the EU in 2015 included 6.2 percent of the total used agricultural land. The largest share of the agricultural land with organic food cultivation had Austria with 552,000 hectares or 20 percent of the total agricultural land. Austria was followed by Sweden with 17 percent share or 519,000 hectares and Estonia with 16 percent share or 156,000 hectares, whilst Croatia had a share of 4,9 percent at the end of 2015.