Organic upwards

March 2010

The world is turning towards organic foods, according to a report from the United Nations Trade and Development Agency (UNCTAD). The report states: “Global demand for organic foods is expected to grow by 46% over the coming five years despite the world economic crisis.”

And even though there is still resistance to the higher cost,
Many consumers weigh the cost against the benefit and stick with organic. Sales of certified organic product around the world are tipped reach US$67 billion in 2012, up from US$46 billion in 2007.

Also, according to UNCTAD, organic produce is attracting a wider demographic — not just the wealthy middle classes, but an increasing number of consumers in developing countries. That’s good news for small-scale traditional farmers. And a good thing for the planet. Why?

According to figures from the Rodale Institute in America, if only 10,000 medium-sized farms converted to organic production, they would store so much carbon in the soil it would be equivalent to taking 1,174,000 cars off the road or reducing car miles driven by 14.62 million miles (23 million kilometres). Save the planet. One bite at a time.

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