Spain leads the way in organic farming but 80% is exported

Spain occupies the top position in the European Union and the sixth in the world and the main crops are cereals, olives and dried fruit.

For the taste, the supposed health benefits or for the benefit of the environment, it is certain that with organic farming in Spain everyone wins. For the second year running Spain has topped the European Union’s organic production table and is only behind Australia, Argentina, United Stated, China and Brazil in the world. The problem is that within the country consumption is very low as 80% is exported.

Elena Espinosa the minister of Agriculture and environment, while presenting the figures for 2009, pointed out that the number of companies dedicated to producing organic food increased from 23.473 in 2008 to 27.627 in 2009 and the area cultivated grew 21% accounting for over 5% of the total cultivated land in Spain.

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