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Defra releases Organic farming statistics for UK 2019

By 16 June 2020June 15th, 2022No Comments

Defra has released the organic farming statistics for the UK in 2019, it presents estimates of the land area farmed organically, crop areas, livestock numbers and the numbers of organic producers in the UK.


The results are drawn from data compiled by approved certification bodies. The total organic area referred to is made up of fully organic land in conversion. with the key results given below:

  • 485 thousand hectares is farmed organically in the UK – this represents an increase of 2.4% compared to 2018. This increase has been driven by the rise in fully organic land which has increased by 3.6% compared to in 2018.

  • 63% of UK organic land is accounted for by permanent grassland.

  • 8% of the total UK organic area is used to grow cereals.

  • 62% of the total UK organic area is in England.

  • 3.1% of the total UK cattle population is reared organically.

  • There are 6,100 organic operators in the UK.

You can access the full report including full data here.