the Organic Review: Organic Food Industry Now $63 Billion Worldwide

By on June 26, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

There is no doubt that more and more people are catching on to the realization that organic foods are a healthier choice than processed and conventional foods. Genetically modified ingredients, chemical additives, preservatives, and colorings are a potential risk to our health and more people have steered clear of them in recent years.

Now, in accordance with an article by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the organic food industry worldwide has now reached $63 billion dollars. From 2002 until 2011, the organic food industry rose by 170% or about 19% each year.

It might come as no surprise that the United States is the “largest single market for organic food (and beverages)” – the US organic industry has increased by 9.5% since last year and currently stands at over $31 billion dollars.

SLN recently reported on the Non-GMO Project, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing consumers of products that are guaranteed GMO free, selling $2.4 billion worth of its foods last year.

Interestingly though, organic agriculture makes up less than 1% of the world’s entire farming land. According to the article, there are only 37.2 million hectares of organic crops planted across a span of 162 countries. In acreage, that would be less than 10 acres in 162 countries.

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,” explained Phillip van den Bossche, who is Chairman and Owner of Advancing eco Agriculture, which is an agricultural consulting and manufacturing company.

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  1. cathy

    June 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I am now buying Organic.I am BANNING GMO from my Diet as well as all of my Pets Diets. I Hope Monsanto Is getting the message. 🙂

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