The Australian Organic Market Report 2018 was released on Monday with some positive findings regarding the industry.
Organics on the rise in Australia
- More than 35 million hectares (10 per cent) of all of Australia’s agricultural land is under certified organic management.
- Australia’s organic market is valued about $2.4 billion.
- Number of certified organic operators in Australia was about 4028 in 2017, a seven per cent increase on 2016.
- US, China, South Korea, Japan and Singapore are Australia’s top five export destinations for organics.
- Australia’s organic grocery market is valued about $1.1 billion.
- Additional 384,000 households bought organic foods in 2017 compared with 2016.
- Nearly half of all shoppers recognise the Australian Certified Organic logo.
- Two-thirds of those buying organic say they started for health reasons.
I love this part: “I suspect eating less poison is good for you,” Professor Cohen.
Isn't it interesting to see the growth and demand for organics in our country.
I challenge some of the thinking in the report about the future economy associated with Organics.
Whilst I believe that organic pricing hopefully can reduce as more and more of the market demand it and as organic alternative inputs on the farm become more readily accessible, I also wholeheartedly believe that conventional produce is too cheap.
Paying 39c for a cucumber isn't supporting a farmer? Imagine how much they are getting for it?
So if organic produce come down then the conventional prices should go up!!
That way everyone wins and people can choose based on health reasons and not social reasons.
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For a summary of the article click here: https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/eat-drink/2018/04/30/millennials-lead-australia-organic-shift/