Almost 10% of French farms now organic, as switch from conventional hits new record

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A record number of French farms switched to organic production [2018], helped by the grains sector catching on to the trend, the country’s organic food agency said on [June 4].

France, the European Union’s largest agricultural producer, added 5,000 organic farms last year, surpassing a prior high of 4,200 seen in both 2016 and 2017, the Agence Bio said in an annual market review.

That increased the number of organic farms by 13% to 41,600, or 9.5% of all French farms. The organic farmland area expanded by 17% to 2 million hectares, or 7.5% of all farmland …. Organic food sales rose 15.7% [in 2018] to 9.7 billion euros ($10.9 billion)

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