Increase in organic farming in Flanders unmatched by consumption
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    Increase in organic farming in Flanders unmatched by consumption

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    The number of organic farms in Flanders increased by 10% between 2017 and 2018, but the consumption of products with organic labels stagnated, the Flemish Agriculture and Fisheries Department reported. According to the report, 56 new organic farms were created in 2018, while 11 went out of business, bringing the total number to 514.

    The area under organic cultivation increased by 7% to 7,913 hectares. In the case of livestock farming, the increase was 15%.

    Throughout Belgium, demand for organic products increased by 15% to 760 million euros.

    However, it stagnated in Flanders, where the total amount of households spent organic goods was 189 million euros, just 38% of the amount spent countrywide.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times