The significance of organic farming in the European Union from the perspective of sustainable development


organic farming
sustainable development
European Union member states
linear ordering

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Nowak, Anna, and Anna Kobiałka. 2024. “The Significance of Organic Farming in the European Union from the Perspective of Sustainable Development”. Economics and Environment 88 (1): 710.


This study aimed to evaluate the status of organic farming in the member states of the European Union, drawing on its potential and selected elements of the organic agri-food products market. To this end, we used several partial indicators and a synthetic measure, which allowed us to create a ranking of the member states depending on the development level of organic farming. The survey showed a 50% increase in the utilised agricultural area allocated for organic farming in the EU from 2015 to 2021 and a 69% increase from 2012 to 2021. So far, the only member state to meet the target set by the Green Deal, that is, 25% of organic UAA, has been Austria. Considering the synthetic index, Portugal is a leader of organic farming development. In addition, differences exist between EU member states in consumers’ expenditure on organic products.



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