Why Belgian organic products?
After Spain, Ireland and Sweden, Belgium is the fourth fastest growing market for organic products within Europe with a turnover increase of 18%.
The other 17% is made up of companies with combinations of farming and/or crops. The main specialisations are specialised horticulture with vegetables in the open air (26%), specialised animal production (18%), specialised arable farms (17%) and specialised fruit cultivation (15%). (in Flanders)
By the end of 2018, the number of organic farms in Belgium had risen to 2,256. That is an increase of almost 8% compared to 2017. In 2018, Belgian families spent 760 million euros on organic products (+ 15%). The total number of Belgian consumers who buy organic products on a yearly basis is developing towards 95%.
Organic products that are marketed as certified organic guarantee a certain production method that has to meet many additional standards.
For fruit, vegetables and cereals, organic amongst other things means that they are grown without artificial fertilizer, with a great deal of attention for a resilient, fertile soil and without chemical-synthetic crop protection products.
For farmed animals, organic means organic feed, spacious accommodation, compulsory space outside, fewer medical interventions and more space for showing their own, typical behaviour.Read more about organic in Belgium