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UK Farming Statistics

23 June 2015

UK Organic Farming Statistics 2014UK Organic Farming Statistics 2014

UK Farming Statistics

This release presents estimates of the land area farmed organically, crop areas, livestock numbers and numbers of organic producers and processors in the United Kingdom. These estimates are made from data compiled by approved organic certification bodies in the United Kingdom and include long-term trends and detailed results by geographical area.

Key findings

  • In 2014, the United Kingdom had a total area of 549 thousand hectares of land farmed organically, down from 600 thousand hectares in 2013.
  • The area in conversion expressed as a percentage of the total organic area continued to decline in 2014 though the decline has slowed in the last four years.
  • There were 3,695 agricultural producers registered with the organic certification bodies in the United Kingdom, down from 3,918 in 2013.
  • Both sheep and pigs numbers continued to decline in 2014 but cattle numbers increased by 7.4 per cent following three years of downturn.
  • Cereals, vegetables and potatoes, and other arable crops have all declined since the late 2000s, mirroring the fall in the land area farmed organically since 2008.
  • There were 2,481 certified organic processors (including agricultural producers who are also processors) in 2014, a 7.1 per cent increase compared to 2013.
  • Aside from the manufacture of ‘other food products’, most processors in the United Kingdom were engaging in the processing and preserving of meat and production of meat products and the processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables.

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