The indicator is defined as the share of total utilised agricultural area (UAA) occupied by organic farming (existing organically-farmed areas and areas in process of conversion). Organic farming is a method of production, which puts the highest emphasis on environmental protection and, with regard to livestock production, animal welfare considerations. It avoids or largely reduces the use of synthetic chemical inputs such as fertilisers, pesticides, additives and medical products. Farming is only considered to be organic at the EU level if it complies with Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, which has set up a comprehensive framework for the organic production of crops and livestock and for the labelling, processing and marketing of organic products, while also governing imports of organic products into the EU. The detailed rules for the implementation of this Regulation are laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008.
The indicator is a Sustainable Development Indicator (SDI). It has been chosen for the assessment of the progress towards the objectives and targets of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy.
The indicator is also a Resource Efficiency Indicator, as it has been chosen as a dashboard indicator presented in the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard for the assessment of progress towards the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 flagship iniciative on Resoure Efficiency.
tsdpc440´s table: Eurobase > Tables by themes > Agriculture, forestry and fisheries > Food: From farm to fork statistics > Inputs to the food chain > Area under organic farming (tsdpc440)
tsdpc440´s table within the SDI set: Eurobase > Tables on EU policy > Sustainable Development indicators > Sustainable consumption and production > Production patterns > Area under organic farming (tsdpc440)
tsdpc440´s table within the Europe 2020 set: Eurobase > Tables on EU policy > Europe 2020 Indicators > Resource efficiency > Natural capital and ecosystem services > Biodiversity > Area under organic farming (tsdpc440)