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If 5 percent of all agricultural land in France was being organically farmed or in the process of conversion in 2015, the figure was 8.7 percent for the wine sector, according to data from the public-private agency that promotes "green" farming in France.But there are regional disparities, and the Champagne region is trailing with just 1.9 percent under organic production, even if the amount of land there carrying an "Agence Bio" (or AB) certification increased by 14 percent between 2015 and 2017 .Converting the land to organic farming is a three-year process.Unusual among large houses in that it grows its own grapes, 10 of Louis Roederer's 240 hectares are certified as organic.Even if the Champagne region doesn't yet embrace organic farming widely, it has been reducing its use of chemicals.Over the past 15 years, the region has cut the use of nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides by half, according to the Comite Champagne, the trade association for the 300 Champagne houses and 15,000 winemakers.
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