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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2013, residents of the European Union spend EUR 22 million on organic food products. This helped increase organic agriculture market’s share by 6%.

According to results of World of Organic Agriculture 2015 survey, the main motivation for purchasing organic food for Europeans is care for the environment. Other reasons include hopes to avoid gene-modified products and products that contain pesticides.

Europeans mostly buy organic food products in specialized organic and ecological stores, supermarkets and directly from farmers.

Germany, France, Britain and Italy consumed the most of organic food products in 2013. In total, organic food made up 1% of the whole food product turnover in Europe in 2013. In Latvia, this index was 0.2%, according to results of the survey. The index was the highest in Denmark (8%) and Austria (6.5%).

The most popular organic products in Europe are fruits and vegetables – they form approximately one-fifth of turnover of all organic food products in Italy, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. There is a large proportion of organic dairy products in countries of Nordic Europe. Belgium, Netherlands, Finland and France have especially good organic meat products, which form approximately 10% of all organic products.

Approximately one-eighth of the world’s organic farms are located in Europe. These farms use approximately ten million ha of land. Although demand for organic food products is concentrated in Europe and North America, production is situated mainly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

«Turnover of organic food products has grown in all EU member states. It is a good sign for us as well – Latvian consumers and organic farmers. For consumers this means a gradual reduction of prices on organic products and security in regard to the origin of organic products. For farmers – this means development and stability provided by EU financial support instruments,» – comments the head of Latvian Organic Farming Association Gustavs Norkarklis.

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