Farmers in the U.K. Abandoning Low Sustainable, Expensive Organic Techniques

Published Date : Mar 17, 2015

Though the demand for organic food continues to grow at a high rate, farmers which are producing them are falling by the wayside.

The data from U.K. government demonstrates that the organic food sales have bounced back from the low which was followed from the 2008-2009 financial crash, this amount of land was farmed for organic produce is continuing to shrink.

During 2013, the last year for which the data was available, showed that the land which was in process of being converted to organic declined by 24 per cent with fully organic land declining by 3.9 per cent. The total number of processors and producers of organic food has declined for the fifth time in a row by 6.4 per cent. In addition to this, the number of organic sheep, cattle, and pigs has also declined.

Previous month, a report published by the European Environment Agency displayed those huge disparities between nations along with the fact that the organic farming in the U.K. has stalled, while on the other hand the 3.3 per cent of land is used for organic farming in the U.K., which is same as the figure demonstrated in 2000.

Also, the countries such as Spain and Austria have shown a sharp rise to almost 18.5% and 7.5% respectively. But, the number of U.K. farmers coupled with the certified processors which are involved in organic food products stand at a total of 6,072 which is down from the figure of 7,567 recorded in 2009.

According to a farmer, money was not the sole factor for giving up on organic farming, associated subsidies and premiums also added to the entire matter.