Organic food consumption in Italy reaches €3.3 billion

Italy is the leading EU country for number of organic operators

The Covid-19 pandemic is favoring the consumption of organic food in Italy, up to a record of 3.3 billion euros (source: Ismea data for 2020). According to Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti, this is due to the healthy choices of the Italians forced at home by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture Committee of the Italian Senate has approved a bill that provides for the introduction of a specific brand to identify Italian organic food. The law under discussion also provides for the use of digital platforms to ensure full information about the origin, quality and traceability of products.

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The possibility of recognizing products of Italian origin will strengthen the leadership of Italy, which is the first European country for number of farms engaged in organic farming. As many as 80,643 operators are currently involved (+2% compared to 2019) while the areas cultivated with organic farming have come close to 2 million hectares (+2%) with double-digit percentages for the Province of Trento (+31.3%) and for Veneto region (+25.4%).

The overall incidence of organic area in Italy reached 15.8% of the Utilized Agricultural Area (UAA) at the national level in 2019. This places Italy far above the EU average, which stood at 8% in 2018, as well as that of the main producing countries such as Spain (10.1%), Germany (9.07%), and France (8.06%).

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