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Organic Farming

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what acreage of farmland has converted to organic farming in each of the last 20 years. (93874)

The following table provides information on the total area of organically managed land (fully organic and land in conversion) in the UK in each year since 1993. Information for earlier years could be gathered only at disproportionate cost.

Organically managed land in the UK

Thousand hectares

April 1993

30.4

February 1994

30.7

April 1995

45.2

April 1996

48.2

April 1997

50.8

April 1998

81.9

April 1999

276.0

January 2000

425.9

December 2000

527.3

December 2001

679.6

June 2002

699.9

December 2002

724.5

March 2003

741.2

January 2004

695.0

January 2005

674.5

January 2006

619.9

Source:

OASIS