Awareness of biodiversity
Status of biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Measures that safeguard biodiversity
Measures that mainstream biodiversity
Benefits derived from biodiversity and ecosystem services
Impacts on biodiversity outside of Ireland
Knowledge of Irish biodiversity
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Organic farming is an overall system of farm management and food production that contributes to the preservation of natural resources. Organic farming in the EU is a fast-growing sector; EU organic area has increased by 10% in the last 10 years and in 2017, organic retail sales reached €34 billion (Organic farming in the EU, 2019). In Ireland, the area of agricultural land under organic farming practices has increased from 1.16% in 2012, to 1.63% in 2019. However, at 1.63%, the share of organic farming as a percentage of total utilised agricultural area still falls below the European Union average of 8.5%.
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Organic farming practices have been proven to be environmentally sustainable and beneficial to biodiversity in agricultural areas (FAO). This indicator tracks the area of organic farms in Ireland.