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Trade deals will boost EU organic agriculture

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Subject

Outlook for the EU organic agriculture sector.

Significance

Over the past ten years, the EU’s organic sector has grown on average by 5-6% per year; 6% of farming land in the EU is used for the cultivation of organic foodstuffs. The drivers for continued growth include a consumer desire for ‘cleaner’ food, and concerns about genetically modified organisms and pesticide use in the supply chain.

Impacts

  • The EU is focusing on the development of its stringent organic regulations, which apply not only to EU but also to EEA member states.
  • The EU-Chile agreement will likely provide a framework for future deals with other countries in the region such as Mexico.
  • Demand for organic products in the EU is growing faster than production, opening up opportunities for other countries.
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