Canada’s Organic Industry at a Glance – 2008

Organic Production

Today the organic food market is described by industry analysts as the most dynamic and rapidly growing sector of the global food industry. The global market for organic products, once a small scale niche market, reached a value of over $US 50 billion in 2008 (Source: International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements). Worldwide, about 35 million hectares of agricultural land are certified according to organic standards, and there are almost 1.4 million organic producers.

In Canada, there has been a small but increasing organic agriculture sector since the early 1980s. In recent years, this sector has seen dramatic growth with organic food consumption developing at a faster rate than production. Read More…

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