Demographics of Organic Food Consumers and Producers

Demographics of Organic Food Consumers and Producers

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According to research, 76% of adult consumers in the US bought organic foods owing to health value, 33% are due to environmental concerns, and around 22% because of convenience. Statistics show that 47% of Americans are actively trying to incorporate organic foods in their daily meal plans, while 25% of them have never purchased organic foods at all.

The trend of consuming organic foods has been seen in younger generations or the millennials ages 18 to 19 years, old taking 28.16% of total organic food consumers. With the onset of the pandemic, older people are also contributing to the growth of consuming organic foods.

Organic dairy is the next largest organic product category, following organic fruits and vegetables. The market was worth USD18 billion in 2017, which is expected to grow over USD 23 billion comes 2023. Additionally, organic baby food products are also expected to rise at USD11.592 billion with a CAGR of 10.1% by 2023. Consumers/Parents are starting to be health-conscious about what they are feeding their kids.

Globally, approximately 71.5 million hectares are organic farmlands, of which India is the largest producer of organic foods. India produces around 1.1 million hectares of organic foods, followed by Uganda at 210,000 and Ethiopia at 204,000.

The US has 5 million organic acres total out of 911 million acres of farmland. Some states have comparatively large shares of the organic farm, such as Vermont state, which accounts for 11% of its total organic farmland. With this micro-organic farmland, the US imports organic food products from more than 100 countries globally, which Mexico is the top supplier of organic foods to the US.

Australia, on the other hand, has 35.7 million hectares of organic farmland. The region is known to have the largest organic agricultural area globally, followed by Argentina with 3.6 million hectares and China with 3.1 million hectares.

 

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Certificates & Standards

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Non Organic

 Synthetic chemicals are used on the crop or product to boost its growth.

EU Organic

Providing a clear structure for the production of organic goods across the whole of the EU

ISTA

Setting the standard for optimizing packages that are survivable, sustainable, and successful.

BRC

Requiring food processors to follow to build an effective food safety management system.

GFSI

Procedure by which a food safety-related scheme is compared to the GFSI Guidance Document

HACCP

Protecting food from biological, chemical and physical hazards during production

ISO

Standard aids for the creation of products that are safe, reliable, and of good quality.

Gluten Free

Food that is processed to remove gluten and use of ingredients with less than 20 ppm of gluten.

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