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Neogen recently published a blog on Who's Buying Organic Foods?

They found out that millennial parents accounted for 52% of the organic buyers and it's predicted that over the next 10 years there will be a surge of new organic eaters and consumers. Click here to read more.

US Department of Agriculture's definition for organic
Foods featuring the USDA organic seal are grown and processed following a set of regulations, which include using only approved pest-control methods, such as eggshells or crop rotation, to act as natural deterrents. Synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, and artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors are not allowed. Certified farms are regularly inspected for compliance.

Because of the demand by consumers, a lot more organic food will need to be produced. In 1997, 3 billion dollars of organic food was sold. In just seven years that number grew to $10 billion, and it continues to grow. 2017 saw over $45 billion in sales.

According to the USDA's Economic Resources Service, about 10,000 American farmers on 2.3+ million acres of land have made the transition to organic food production (1).

But that isn't enough. To keep the pace, one option being looked at is farmers partnering with brands. Companies such as Annie's, which is part of General Mills, are committing to buy organic wheat, supporting organic farmers. Costco also has been building relationships with farmers, committing to purchasing crops from the growers before they start the organic transition. These types of partnerships could be the answer to a swifter move to organic growing (2).

That transition isn't easy. Organic farmers face the same issues as traditional farming. Labor shortages are real, and the loss of real estate to development is a huge concern.

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(1) The Chesapeake Bay Journal
(2) National Geographic

 

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