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Singapore is investing heavily in high-tech farming to become more self-sufficient. The third most densely populated country in the world has sacrificed many things, including food production. Farms make up no more than 1% of total land area, which means the country spends out around $10 billion each year on food imports, which account for 90% of food consumption.
The European Union’s organic agriculture expanded by 6.0% in 2017 and by 7.6% in 2018, with area now surpassing 13.8 million ha, according to a report published by Agence Bio. Organic represented about 7.5% of the EU’s utilised agricultural area in 2018 (7.2% in 2017). There were 325,306 registered organic farms in 2018 (+4.9% compared to 2017).
The European Commission has published a brief outlining the importance of the organic farming sector. Recent production and market trends show the importance that organics has gained over the last decade. Organic farming responds to a specific consumer demand for sustainable food products, promoting more sustainable farming practices and contributing to the protection of the environment and improved animal welfare.