Global organic market reaches $80 billion

bar-graphGlobal sales of organic products reached $80 billion in 2014, with the U.S. the largest organic market, according to findings in the The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2016 unveiled during BioFach last week by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM—Organics International. The latest data show there were more than 2.3 million organic producers from 172 countries in 2014, with the most producers in India, Uganda and Mexico. A total of 43.7 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2014, up almost 0.5 million hectares from 2013. Australia had the largest organic agricultural area, at 17.2 million hectares, with 97% of that area used for grazing. Argentina was second, with 3.1 million hectares, followed by the United States, with 2.2 million hectares. The U.S. Chapter was written by OTA’s Barbara Haumann. More details about the book are available from IFOAM and FiBL.

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