Italy leads Europe in organic food industry, report says

Country boasts 48,509 producers, more than any other country

Italy leads Europe in organic food industry, report says

Rimini, November 7 - When it comes to the organic foods industry, Italy takes top spot in Europe, according to a new report published Wednesday. According to the report, by the Foundation for Sustainable Development (Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile) in partnership with Italian research institute Enea, Italy has some 48,509 organic producers along the entire supply chain, more than any other European country. According to the report's findings, presented at a conference on the 'green economy' in Rimini, 'Italian agriculture has managed to orient production choices towards quality as characterized by strong ties to the single entities operating on the territory, so following a path along the road to sustainability'. In numerical terms, Italy hosts some 243 food products characterized by the DOP, IGP and STG origin-guarantee labels as well as 4,600 regional specialties and 521 wines which also qualify for the DOC, DOCG and IGT origin-guarantee labels. In terms of land under organic cultivation, Italy has some 1.1 million hectares, almost 20% of total agricultural land use, coming second only to Spain in Europe.

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