Holland: the increase in organic method
According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (CBS) more and more Dutch products are adopting the organic method.
Land used for organic farming increased by 7.6% between 2016 and 2017 with a total of 56,000 hectares.
In 2017, roughly 3,5 million animals were bred in a sustainable ecological way, an increase of 2.9%, with regards mainly to the pig and goat sectors.
A substantial jump forward was also registered by the number of chickens raised in the open, that saw an increase of 8.3%, surpassing 3.3 million.
Consequently, the production of organic eggs increased to 883 million units, with a tax of 14.2%. Finally, the production of organic vegetables more than doubled in 2017, with the production of potatoes firmly at the top, reaching 60 million kilos compared to 27 million in 2016.
The availability of land for the cultivation of organic vegetables, not in greenhouses, registered an increase of 9.3% reaching a total of 3.000 hectares in a single year.
Source: ICE Agency