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Naturland

Heigl: Combination of organic with social standards also sets global quality benchmarks

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Nuremberg – On the occasion of the BIOFACH 2020, Naturland is again able to present excellent results: its steady growth in recent years was maintained in 2019, both in Germany and abroad. Currently over 70,000 farmers in 57 countries throughout the world adhere to the Naturland standards, an increase of some ten percent over the prior year.

The area of agricultural land increased by some 11.5% to 427,000 hectares. Add to this almost 56,000 hectares of organic forestry management, and the figure now totals over 480,000 hectares of land managed in compliance with the Naturland standards.

The area of agricultural land increased by some 11.5% to 427,000 hectares. Add to this almost 56,000 hectares of organic forestry management, and the figure now totals over 480,000 hectares of land managed in compliance with the Naturland standards.
“These figures highlight the role of Naturland as one of the leading organic associations worldwide, one which also sets global quality benchmarks by incorporating in its standards a firm link between organic agriculture and social responsibility,“ comments Hubert Heigl, president of Naturland and himself an organic farmer.
An increase of 70% in 5 years: Naturland’s farmland expansion in Germany
In Germany, Naturland saw an increase in membership of 201 farms or 5.4% in 2019. Last year over 24,000 hectares were converted to Naturland’s organic standards, an increase of 11.6%. This represents a total of 231,000 hectares farmed in compliance with Naturland’s standards in Germany (excluding forests). Taking a five-year time frame, this represents an increase of some 70% in the area farmed to the Naturland standards in this period.
Area abroad expands to almost 200,000 hectares
Outside Germany, there are now over 67,000 farmers working to the Naturland standards, which makes a good 6,000 or ten per cent more than a year ago. Most of them are smallholders who are members of one of the 155 Naturland co-operatives or producer organisations, of which there are now eleven more than a year ago. The agricultural area certified to the Naturland standards beyond Germany’s borders has increased by 11.5% to a total of 196,000 hectares (not including aquaculture and wild harvesting).
The medium-term perspective provides an even clearer figure to demonstrate the thriving international development. The area certified to the Naturland standards outside Germany has increased by 73% within five years and the number of farmers by almost 77%.