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Italian agriculture brings 250 billion euros

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The agro-food sector accounts for 15% of GDP and racks up 250 billion euros in revenue through 1.6 million agricultural firms, the Italian farmers association Coldiretti said at Expo Milano 2015.

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The productive model is exemplary as are the employment levels, with 7.3 workers per one hundred hectares compared with an EU average of 6.6. Italy has the most 'distinctive' products in the world, the association noted, with 272 DOP and IGP products and 4,886 traditional regional specialties that safeguard biodiversity and defend traditions.

Coldiretti stressed that Italy ''is at the summit of world food security.'' With 814 tons per every million euros produced by the sector, Italian agriculture emits 35% of greenhouse gases less than the EU average.

Moreover, Italy is Europe's top country in terms of organic farmers: 49,070 organic firms in 2015 (+12% compared with the previous year), while cultivated surface area is also increasing and has risen to almost 1.4 million hectares (+5%).

Italian organic agriculture firms account for 17% of European ones. Coldiretti added that Italy has the largest network of farms and farmer markets that sell directly.

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