By Eloise Horsfield
ORGANIC farming has nearly tripled in Malaga in just a decade.
In fantastic news for the environment, it is down to an increase in demand and more funding for organic farmers.
While in 2001 there were only 12,291 hectares of land without pesticides, today there are over 32,822.
The biggest growth has been in organic citrus groves, which have seen 300 hectares planted in the last year.
Meanwhile there have been big rises in Huelva with 200,000 hectares, and in Sevilla with 120,000 hectares.
However, as Luis Mendez from Malaga’s Young Farmers’ Association (Asaja) pointed out, you cannot compare Malaga to other provinces because it is much more mountainous.
He added though that there was still a ‘false belief’ that organic food is much more expensive.