• • • Theoretical potential for organic farming in Germany, according to Heinrich Graf von Bacevitz
Interest in switching to organic production remains at a constant level among German farmers. This shows the conversion percentage in the economic barometer DBV. The second year in a row, this conversion percentage is just over 15%. At the same time, the theoretical potential for organic farming in Germany is more than 20%.
The representative of the German Farmers’ Association, Henry Graf von Bacevitz, notes that the realization of this potential and, consequently, the degree of environmental change is a matter of economics. «If demand for organic products grows in the same way as it has been over the last 15 years, then 20% organic farming can be achieved», – says Bacevitz. – «This process needs continuous growth without sudden leaps and providing reliable prices for organic farmers. With good prices over the past two years, the number of organic farms has grown by almost 10%, and at the end of 2016 the share of organic farms was 10%, yet they managed only 7.5% of the area».