Whether producing food grade crops that go into Organic packaged items or feed grade inputs for poultry or livestock, the demand for these items has and continues to outpace production.
The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2016 statistics show that Americans are eating record amounts of organic food. Organic food sales in this country now total around $37 billion, limited by the continued growth and sustainability of the U.S. organic industry is a gap in domestic supply of organic ingredients and raw products (commodities). The growth of organic acreage in the U.S. has never kept pace with demand for organic products and increasing amounts of imports continue to fill the gap.
The farming profession requires strength, ingenuity, timing and what some would call luck. Working countless hours and gambling with Mother Nature is not for the faint of heart. Farmers deserve a raise for the work that they do. There are only so many ways that one can accomplish this. Presently, the best way is to transition to Organic production.
“…prices of these organic commodity crops are all two to three times—and more—that of conventional.”
Millennial parents choose organic more than any other generation. This large and diverse group of consumers is driving growth for organic, particularly in urban population centers.
Source: U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2016 Tracking Study, 2016, OTA.
American consumers spent more than $43 billion on organic in 2015. In fact, $4.2 billion in organic sales were added last year, up from the $3 billion recorded in 2014. This dollar increase in organic sales was the largest ever.
Source: 2016 Organic Industry Survey, Organic Trade Association.
Organic is present in over 75% of all categories on supermarket shelves. Data collected by Nielsen also showed that the Organic category in stores has increased at a 15% compound annual growth rate since 2012.
Source: Nielsen, 2016.
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