The trend towards organic farming continues

The trend to organic farming continues to hold in Austria. Expanding to around 25 percent of utilized agricultural area in 2018, the share of organically farmed areas has reached a new record high. As a consequence, one out of four hectares is organic, and one out of five holdings is an organic farm. Fruit growers account for a particularly large share.

Today, as many as one out of three hectares are organically farmed

In 2018, there were 23,477 organic holdings in Austria managing a utilized agricultural area totalling 637,805 ha. Compared to 2017, the share of organically farmed land had grown by some 17,000 ha, of which around 13,000 ha are arable land. The increase was especially pronounced in Austria's north-eastern arable farming regions.

Two thirds of the land used to grow domestic protein crops (mainly broad beans and peas) is organically farmed. Organic soybean cultivation is also gaining momentum, taking up nearly 30 percent of the land. The land used for the cultivation of organic field vegetable makes up over 20 percent.

Around 22 percent of the cattle, 33 percent of the sheep and more than half the goats in Austria are kept on organic farms.

As a result, Austria is undisputed trailblazer in organic farming at a global level as well. There are a number of reasons that account for this: the high demand for organic food, the associated higher raw material prices and the impact of the Organic Farming Action Programme 2015-2020.

Learn more by reading the Green Report.

published at 19.11.2019, Kommunikation und Service (Abteilung Präs. 5)