(Teleborsa) – Surfaces, operators and organic consumption still growing. This is the main fact that emerges from the analyzes presented at the 33rd edition of Healthy – Bio Revolution 2021. The numbers provided by Sinab for the Mipaaf, confirm that the surface biological in 2020 it increased by 5.1 percentage points compared to the previous year, however showing a more modest development trend compared to the major European countries. The land cultivated organically has currently exceeded 2.1 million hectares. Furthermore, the number of operators of the sector which reached 81,731 units, with an increase of + 1.3%. Market trends also confirm the importance of organic. According to data from the Sana Observatory, promoted by Bologna Fiere and curated by Nomisma, in 2021 (year ending in July) domestic consumption recorded a 5% growth compared to the previous year. Spending by Italian families amounted to € 4.6 billion: 9 out of 10 families purchased at least one organic product in the current year. In the last ten years, domestic consumption has increased by 133%.
The increase inexport which, again in the last year, has increased by 11%, reaching a quota 2.9 billion euros, with a growth of 156% over the last ten years. Italy ranks second for exports after the United States. “Organic is confirmed as fundamental for the relaunch of the Italian agri-food system, even if the growth rate of the organic UAA turned out to be lower than that of the major EU countries. Considering – he explained Maria Grazia Mammuccini, President FederBio – that at this moment the priority choices of the Post-2022 National Strategic Plan of the CAP are being defined which will determine the development of the agricultural and food sector for the next ten years, we believe that it is the ideal time to intervene and fill the growth gap with other countries. We therefore believe that immediate approval of the organic law is essential in order to have all the necessary tools available, starting from the Action Plan, to face the challenges of the sector ”.
“Just as every organic consumer good is attentive to the environment and to people’s health, it is clear that producers, processors and distributors in the sector must also be attentive to the entire life cycle of the goods, paying special attention to the discourse of the recycling and environmentally friendly packaging – he added Roberto Zanoni, president of Whistle – The growth in domestic consumption of organic products in modern distribution, + 7% in 2020 and + 5% in the last 12 months in July, confirms that the sensitivity towards sustainability issues has increased all-round, with the emergence of the crisis pandemic. The binomial product-sustainable packaging is therefore a fundamental aspect of consistency, which the consumer has fully understood and which by now in a certain sense he expects “.
“Thanks to its great biodiversity, Italy has a natural vocation for organic farming, a sector that, despite the great difficulties due to the health emergency in 2020, has proven to be vital, continuing its growth in a context that has seen several new developments such as the organic UAA which reached 2.1 million hectares in Italy, equal to about 17% of the territory “, declared in a note Francesco Battistoni, undersecretary of Mipaaf. “At the European level, after the strategy”Farm to ForkAnd its well-known objectives, the new one was launched Action Plan for organic production, with the primary aim of stimulating the conversion of companies and consumer demand ”, added Battistoni. “In Italy, pending the final approval of the framework law, which represents the future for the sector together with the drafting of the Strategic Plan of the CAP, PNRR brought in equipment for the bio 300 million euros in 5 years. These are some of the points from which our organic can start again, supported by the data for the year 2020 elaborated by the SINAB (National Information System on Organic Agriculture) for the Mipaaf which confirm that the sector has not only withstood the impact of the pandemic and the objective difficulties that followed but, compared to 2019, it has returned to grow clearly “.