Global organic production: Italy among top leaders (IT)


We are the largest organic citrus fruit producers in the world (27% of the entire Italian citrus fruit area is organic), the first European country for olive trees (over 20% of the national area with olive groves is organic), for fruit (almost 25,000 hectares, over 11% of the total area) and for vegetables (55,000 hectares, almost 11% of the national area planted to grow vegetables). We rank second in the world in terms of organic vineyard area (over 105,000 hectares, 15.8% of the national vineyard surface), the second largest producer of cereals (after China): 10 hectares out of 100 are organic; and we are at the first place in Europe by number of organic farms.

"These primacies in the field of organic agricultural production - adds Roberto Zanoni, president of AssoBio, the national association of organic products’ processing and distribution companies- are joined by the world leadership of the companies processing organic products: more than 18,000, of all sizes, 3,000 more than those in Germany and France, 15,000 more than Spain. We are the leading organic production exporter in the European Union (with over 2 billion euros) and the second largest in the world after the United States: Italian organic products are found on the shelves of specialist shops and supermarkets in eighty countries, reflecting their trust and the appreciation for the quality of the Italian organic products”.

"These numbers" - continues Zanoni - charge us with responsibility for our role as representatives of the most dynamic and performing agro-food sector in Italy, which continuously sees new players gradually joining the sector pioneers ".

"The commitment is to maintain continental leadership for exports, but at the same time increase the share of national consumption. Italy ranks fifth at world level and third in Europe by size of the internal market, but the per capita expenditure is still limited: we are talking about 52 EUR / year, more or less like Belgium, more than 42 in Spain or of 35 of Great Britain, but expenditure is small if compared with 288 EUR of Switzerland, 278 of Denmark or 237 of Sweden ”.

The tools to promote the growth of the internal market? "Continuously improving quality control, working in research and development to anticipating consumer demand, strengthening the control system with new technological tools, such as transaction tracking platforms. But also working more and more on the information side. The commitment to information and promotion must involve the business system and, hopefully, the Ministry of Agriculture. The European organic farming Regulation recognizes that organic production has a dual social function, not only by responding to consumer demand for natural, genuine and reliable products, but also by providing public goods that contribute to environmental protection, animal welfare and rural development . The Ministry of Agriculture has expressed his conviction that organic production is one of the most effective tools for safeguarding the immense wealth of our biodiversity. We are counting on a national Action Plan that will help strengthening the knowledge of organic production and its environmental and social benefits, strengthening a sector that is based on sustainability and guarantees "clean" employment.

Source: Assobio