Global organic sales reach $63 billion, U.S. is largest market

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On June 20, organic farming advocate Philippe van den Bossche comments on the rapid growth of the organic farming industry, reaching $63 billion globally.

According to an article on Sustainable Business, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) reported that organic food is now a $63 billion industry worldwide. From 2002-2011, the industry grew a whopping 170%, averaging about 19% per year.

The article also states that the United States is the "largest single market for organic food (and beverages)". Recently, the U.S. organic industry reached $31.5 billion in sales, a 9.5% increase from the previous year.

However, despite there being a high consumer demand for organic foods, there are still not enough organic farmers to support the need. The article says that Americans get most of their organic foods from developing countries.

Even though the organic farming industry has grown rapidly worldwide, organic agriculture still makes up less than 1% of the world's farming acreage "with 37.2 million hectares planted worldwide across 162 countries."

Philippe van den Bossche, an organic agricultural advocate and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco-Agriculture, believes there needs to be more of a worldwide initiative with organic farming to ensure the industry remains on a global rise.

"We're gaining speed but we can't get lackadaisical with our efforts to increase organic farming across the globe. It's proven to have health advantages and to be economically and environmentally beneficial for all involved so we need to keep the momentum going."

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture, an agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company providing consulting services and specialty nutritional materials for use in irrigation systems and foliar applications. As an avid organic agricultural advocate, he believes that the production of healthy crops is a function of complex interaction between soil, plants and microbes.


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Homer Adams    
Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, & 44 other countries  |  June, 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM

Such nonsense! Organics are 1% or less of the world market. Why? Simply - the demand is NOT there. Around the world, people are not willing to pay the extra price for organic items. What this article is not stating is organic retail stores have been forced to shut down or sell traditional farmed items. The old capitalist system of supply and demand – there is VERY little demand for organic. That might change in 25-50 years or more. In the USA, a small portion of the population will pay for it for the need to look cool or appear to be making a difference. It is fine with me because it just puts more money into my bank accounts. I am the largest raw material producer of agriculture items in the world. If there was true demand that could be met, I would be increasing our production. There is not, so we will not. Organic supporter try to change the facts to promote their industry segment, but in the countries I operate, people will NOT pay the higher price for the same item. Most “organic” items are exposed to and applied with pesticides and other non- organic elements every day in production, packing, packaging, shipping, and merchandising. Total nonsense!

John Devlin    
Guelph, Canada  |  July, 18, 2013 at 05:24 PM

Demand is a function of price, price is a function of production costs including subsidies. Conventional agriculture is heavily subsidized. Organic production is more expensive because it is more labour intensive and it is less subsidized. Nonsense, by contrast, is freely available...

Chanda.Mathur    
Kishangarh,Ajmer,India  |  June, 28, 2013 at 03:52 AM

I am promoting organic farming of spices and herbs,Presently I can arrange supply of Lemon grass and tulsi . Look forward your an early response, With thanks, C.Mathur

JB    
July, 02, 2013 at 01:45 PM

And with the increased public awareness of the ecological effects of industrial farming, the daily exposure to pesticides and herbicides, and the prevalence of transgenics throughout the food supply, more and more people will be turning to organically produced foods. They are making the conscious choice that even though these foods may cost more, they are a superor quality product in terms of nutrition, sustainability and ecological impact. That, and they are not a trangenic food product patented by multi-national chemical companies.

R Ellis    
USA  |  January, 23, 2014 at 01:54 PM

"I am the largest raw material producer of agriculture items in the world." Homer forgets that the market includes more incremental participants than himself. No wonder Homer would not want to apply a huge production chain to a 1% market. Despite the ad hominem and selective assertions, the facts are that supply is having to ramp up to meet demand in the organics niche, and various harmful chemicals and plastics are getting squeezed out of the 1% market. The only question is where the two supply/demand curves will go in the future.


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