Industry growth continues with the global organic market valued at $US72 billion, with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land available worldwide, according to the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study, The World of Organic Agriculture.

The positive trend of the past continues as consumer demand increases, reflected in the significant market growth of 11.5% in the US, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 170 countries reported organic farming activities (up from 164) as shown in the FiBL-IFOAM study, (Data per end of 2013).

Market researcher Organic Monitor estimated that the global market for organic products in 2013 reached US$72 billion (approximately 55 billion euros).

The United States is the leading market with 24.3 billion euros, followed by Germany (7.6 billion euros) and France (4.4 billion euros).

The Netherlands organic industry group Bionext reported a 15% growth in organic trade in 2013, with exports up 11% in 2014 to 928 million euros.

Swedish organic group KRAV predicted that Sweden’s organic market will reach 25% growth in 2015.

The trend continued in Italy, where Consorzio il Biologico reported that consumption of organic products is growing at a greater rate, with sales up 17.3% in 2014.

Growth was strong in Germany in 2014 as German households spent 4.8% more on organic food and drink than 2013, with sales amounting to just under EUR 8bn, according to the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry (BÖLW).

In Denmark, organic food sales at retail totalled DKK 5.8bn in 2013, an increase of 6% since 2012, while organics had a high 8% total food market share.

The FiBL-IFOAM study estimated that organic is the fastest growing sector of the food industry, with global revenues increasing fourfold in just over a decade since 2000.

The EU organic market amounted to €22.2 billion euro in 2013, or about a third of the global total with an average 6% growth year on year for the past three years, while market growth in the U.S. is predicted at 15% per year up to 2018.

Steady growth (+10%) is foreseen for other regions such as Asia, which is the third largest market in the World, and also Latin America and Australasia.

The FiBL-IFOAM study said that in 2013, official market data was for the first time published for China (2.4 billion euros), making the country the fourth biggest organic market in the world. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (210 euros) and Denmark (163 euros).

“We are very pleased to see the recent excellent growth worldwide”, said Markus Arbenz, executive director of IFOAM – Organics International. “The positive environmental, social and economic impacts of the sector in the global in the global South and North confirm the sector’s importance as a lighthouse.”

Reaching a new all-time high, two million organic producers were reported in 2013. As in previous years, the countries with the highest number of producers were India (650,000), Uganda (189,610) and Mexico (169,703).

A total of 43.1 million hectares were organic at the end of 2013, representing a growth of six million hectares compared to the previous survey.

Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (17.2 million hectares, with 97% of that area used as grazing), followed by Argentina (3.2 million hectares) and the United States (2.2 million hectares).

Reaching a new all-time high, two million organic producers were reported in 2013. As in previous years, the countries with the highest number of producers were India (650,000), Uganda (189,610) and Mexico (169,703).

A total of 43.1 million hectares were organic at the end of 2013, representing a growth of six million hectares compared to the previous survey.

Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (17.2 million hectares, with 97% of that area used as grazing), followed by Argentina (3.2 million hectares) and the United States (2.2 million hectares).