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Organic Farming by Country 2024

Organic farming holds value in parts of the world where consumers value the use of natural farming techniques. It can increase the cost of farming, but it can also reduce the number of inorganic chemicals people are exposed to through their food. Because of the cost of organic farming combined with the regulations surrounding claiming a farm is organic, these types of farms typically are found in more developed countries.

What Is Organic Farming?

Organic farming is farming that uses fertilizers and pesticides that come from natural origins. For instance, these farms may use compost, manure, and bone meal to fertilize fields rather than chemical fertilizers. They may also use crop rotation and companion planting to keep the soil fertile rather than relying on chemicals.

The key to this type of farming is using no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Many people across the globe value organically grown food as they attempt to limit their personal exposure to pesticides, which can stay in the food long after it is harvested.

How Is Organic Farming Measured

Some developed countries have rules and regulations about how to tell if a farm is organic. In these countries, farming operations must follow certification guidelines in order to carry certification. In other parts of the world, tracking organic farming is not as simple.

Which Country Leads the Way?

Currently, Australia has the most land dedicated to organic farming, leading the world significantly. The country reports around 36 million hectares of organic farmland. The United States, in contrast, has 3.54 million hectares in 2021, which means Austria has ten times the amount. In fact, Australia has more organic farmland than the rest of the countries of the world combined. That said, it is possible some countries have farms that use an organic style or method but do not report or certify it as being organic due to the costs.

- Biodynamic farming can be considered a variant of organic farming with an added emphasis upon natural rhythms (such as planting/harvesting calendars based upon the movements of the sun and moon) and spirituality.

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Country
Organic Agricultural Land (Ha)
Organic Share
Biodynamic Farmland (Ha)
Australia35.7M9.9%49.8K
Argentina4.5M3%1.2K
Uruguay2.7M19.6%NaN
India2.7M1.5%9.3K
France2.5M8.8%14.6K
Spain2.4M10%7.7K
China2.4M0.5%108
United States2.3M0.6%9K
Italy2.1M16%10.8K
Germany1.7M10.2%84.4K
Canada1.4M2.4%NaN
Brazil1.3M0.6%3.4K
Austria679.9K26.5%7.2K
Russia615.2K0.3%NaN
Sweden614K20.4%873
Czech Republic539.5K15.3%3.5K
Greece534.6K10.1%381
Poland507.6K3.5%4.3K
United Kingdom473.5K2.7%3.9K
Romania468.9K3.5%200
Ukraine462.2K1.1%NaN
Turkey382.6K1%1.1K
Peru342.7K1.5%307
Portugal319.5K8.1%574
Finland315.1K13.9%384
Hungary301.4K6%6.4K
Denmark300K11.4%3K
Tunisia297.1K3%699
Latvia291.1K14.8%NaN
Lithuania235.5K8%1.4K
Ethiopia234.6K0.6%32
Slovakia222.9K11.7%169
Estonia220.8K22.4%NaN
Sierra Leone219.9K5.6%NaN
Mexico215.6K0.2%304
Tanzania198.2K0.5%NaN
Philippines191.8K1.5%NaN
Bolivia179.4K0.5%NaN
Switzerland177.3K17%5.1K
Thailand160.8K0.7%NaN
Chile156.8K1%1.5K
Togo127.8K3.3%NaN
Kenya123.7K0.4%NaN
DR Congo118.3K0.4%NaN
Dominican Republic117.3K4.8%1.4K
Uganda116.4K0.8%527
Bulgaria116.3K2.3%NaN
Egypt116K3%2.6K
Kazakhstan114.9K0.1%NaN
Croatia108.6K7.2%68
Madagascar103.8K0.3%NaN
Belgium99.1K7.2%143
Guatemala87K2.3%NaN
New Zealand79.3K0.8%928
Ivory Coast79.1K0.4%NaN
Indonesia75.8K0.1%NaN
Ghana74.9K0.5%NaN
Ireland74K1.6%93
Paraguay73.4K0.3%1K
Sri Lanka73.4K2.6%1.5K
Papua New Guinea72.5K6.1%NaN
Netherlands71.6K3.9%8.7K
Pakistan69.8K0.2%NaN
Honduras66.2K2%72
Burkina Faso66.2K0.5%NaN
Vietnam63.5K0.5%NaN
Nigeria55K0.1%NaN
Slovenia52.1K10.8%238
Colombia50.5K0.1%106
Norway45.3K4.6%548
Ecuador41.5K0.8%512
Samoa41K14.5%NaN
South Africa41K0.04%245
Nicaragua39.1K0.8%NaN
Benin38.8K1%NaN
South Korea38.5K2.3%NaN
Azerbaijan38.1K0.8%NaN
Cambodia35.9K0.6%NaN
Timor Leste32.3K8.5%NaN
Falkland Islands31.9K2.8%NaN
Kyrgyzstan30.3K0.3%NaN
Moldova27.6K1.2%NaN
Saudi Arabia26.6K0.02%NaN
Serbia19.3K0.6%35
Fiji19.3K4.5%NaN
Mali14.7K0.04%NaN
Mozambique14.4K0.03%NaN
Japan12K0.3%NaN
Iran11.9K0.03%72
Tajikistan11.8K0.2%NaN
Costa Rica11.5K0.6%11
Morocco11.5K0.04%27
Taiwan10.8K1.4%NaN
Myanmar10.1K0.1%NaN
Guinea Bissau9.8K1.2%694
Nepal9.4K0.2%118
Sao Tome and Principe9.1K20.7%NaN
Belarus6.8K0.1%NaN
Israel6.3K1%106
Luxembourg6.1K4.6%536
Panama5.9K0.3%NaN
Cyprus5.9K4.4%NaN
United Arab Emirates5.4K1.4%NaN
Palestine5.2K1.1%NaN
Rwanda5.2K0.3%NaN
Montenegro4.8K1.9%NaN
Iceland4.7K0.3%NaN
Bhutan4.1K0.8%NaN
Senegal3.8K0.04%NaN
Uzbekistan3.8K0.01%NaN
North Macedonia3.7K0.3%NaN
French Guiana3.7K11.3%NaN
Solomon Islands3.4K2.9%NaN
Laos3.3K0.1%NaN
Haiti2.9K0.2%NaN
El Salvador2.6K0.2%NaN
Cuba2.1K0.03%NaN
Vanuatu2.1K1.1%NaN
Lebanon1.7K0.3%NaN
Bosnia and Herzegovina1.7K0.1%NaN
Georgia1.6K0.1%NaN
French Polynesia1.6K3.4%NaN
Venezuela1.5K0.01%NaN
Liechtenstein1.5K41.6%3
Jordan1.4K0.1%NaN
Malaysia1.3K0.01%NaN
Eswatini1.2K0.1%NaN
Tonga1.1K3.2%NaN
Zimbabwe1K0.01%NaN
Albania8870.1%NaN
Guadeloupe8581.7%NaN
New Caledonia8000.4%NaN
Algeria7720%NaN
Zambia6910%NaN
Martinique6832.2%NaN
Armenia5660.03%NaN
Bangladesh5040.01%NaN
Belize4540.3%NaN
Cameroon3450%NaN
Burundi3190.02%NaN
Mongolia2410%NaN
Malawi2320%NaN
Afghanistan980%NaN
Mayotte870.4%NaN
Grenada841.1%NaN
Malta670.6%NaN
Iraq630%NaN
Suriname520.1%NaN
Bahamas490.3%NaN
Niue430.9%NaN
Kuwait330.02%NaN
Singapore152.2%NaN
Cook Islands151%NaN
Jamaica100%NaN
Mauritius50.01%NaN
Oman40%NaN
Cape Verde30%NaN
Andorra2 NaN
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Which country does the most organic farming?

Australia leads the world in organic agricultural land, with some 36 million hectares cultivated. This makes the land organically farmed in Australia larger than all other countries combined.

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