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Presentations of the session "The World of Organic Agriculture " at Biofach 2019 now online


At the BIOFACH Congress session *"The World of Organic Agriculture", the latest data on organic agriculture world-wide, regulations and organic markets were presented and the 20th edition of The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging...

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U.S. organic sales post new record of $43.3 billion in 2015 - Largest dollar gain ever for the booming organic sector even with supply challenges, says OTA survey


The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s...

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Follow us on Twitter: Statistics and news on organic farming worldwide


With its new specialized Twitter account @FiBLStatistics, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL is providing a tool to find latest data and information on organic farming by country, crop and other issues.

The system is currently being...

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United States: Statistical updates


A number of statistical updates on the U.S. organic sector related have recently been released or will be published soon.

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Proceedings published: USDA Organic Farming Systems Research Conference


The United States Department of Agriculture has published on-line the proceedings of the 'USDA Organic Farming Systems Research Conference' held in Washington, DC, March 16-18, 2011.

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Canada's organic market now worth 3.7 billion Canadian dollars


Growth driven by broad-scale support of organic foods

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New agreement between Canada and Switzerland on the recognition of equivalency for organic agricultural products


Canadian and Swiss organic producers will have increased opportunities to export their organic food products, and consumers in both countries will have more choices as the results of the Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Arrangement reached on...

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Canada: New Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture


Canada’s organic market continues to grow and broaden at the consumer level, and the organic area is increasing (840'000 hectares in 2011). Progress is also made in organic farming research.

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United States: Organic Center combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association


Two independent organizations will maintain separate missions dedicated to advancing organic


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United States: Organic market surpasses 31 billion US dollars in 2011


Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey shows continued growth

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Northeast Organic Research Symposium in New York: Proceedings now available


Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative (OREI) conducted a two-day research symposium on January 19 and 20 in Saratoga Springs, New York....

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European Union and United States agree to historic new partnership on organic trade


The European Union and the United States announced on February 15, 2012, that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest...

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USDA supports research and marketing of organic agriculture


The United States' Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on October 25, 2011, 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural...

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Canada: Domestic sales at 2.6 billion Canadian Dollars in 2010


The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA, www.ota.com/otacanada.html) calculates the Canadian organic market has grown from 2 billion Canadian Dollars in 2008 to over 2.6 billion  in 2010.

Canadian companies annually export over 390 million...

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United States: New database with trade data


The Global Agricultural Trade System of the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) of USDA now includes monthly data from the U.S. Census Bureau on international trade in selected organic products, starting with January 2011 data. Updates are posted...

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Canada’s organic rules in full force


In a recent press release the Organic Trade Assocation Canada informs about latest developments related to Canada’s Organic Products Regulations.

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European Union and Canada: Agreement on equivalency in organic products


The European Commission has annouced that the European Union and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organic products.

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United States: Continued market growth in 2010


According to a recent press release of OTA, the Organic Trade Organisation, the organic market continued to grow in 2010 - by eight percent.

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Canada: Research Priorities for Organic Agriculture for 2011


The Canadian Expert Committee on Organic Agriculture (ECOA) and Research and Innovation Working Group of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable (RIWG ) has developed research priorities eight categories: 1) animals, 2) plants, 3) soils, 4) ecological...

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New director for Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada


Dr. Andy Hammermeister has been appointed Director of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (www.oacc.info). Dr. Hammermeister has worked with OACC since 2002, most recently as manager of the Centre and the Canadian Organic Science Cluster...

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U.S.: Listing of Certified Organic Operations Now Available from the National Organic Program


On November 8, 2010 the National Organic Program (NOP, www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop) made available a complete listing of organic operations certified by U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited certifying agents during the 2009 certification year. ...

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U.S.: Organic Farming Research Foundation to compile science on organic farming benefits


On November 5, 2010 the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced the launch of a sweeping research initiative to investigate the potential benefits of organic agriculture. The non-profit foundation recently hired a team to lead the...

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U.S.: USDA announces organic agriculture research and extension projects


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (SDA) awarded 30 grants to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products.

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Canada: Government invests in innovation for organic farmers


Canada’s organic sector receives 6.5 million Canadian Dollars for research in announcement of Canada’s Organic Science Cluster.

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U.S.: Organic product sales reach 26.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2009


U.S. sales of organic products continued to grow during 2009 despite the distressed state of the economy, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed on April 22 in releasing findings from its 2010 Organic Industry Survey.

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U.S.: Organic data for 2006 to 2008 released by the Economic Research Service


On March 30, consolidated data on organic land, land use and crops as well as the number of producers were published. According to these figure 4.8 million acres or 1.9 million hectares (0.6 percent of the U.S. organic farmland) were organically...

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Organic coffee: North American market tops 1.3 billion US Dollars


The North American organic coffee market topped 1.3 billion US Dollars in 2008, making it the single most valuable organic product imported into North America, according to new data released on July 21, 2009, by coffee market analyst Daniele...

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Canada: New organic logo and regulation


On June 24, 2009, the Government of Canada revealed the new organic logo that will give organic producers access to more markets and make sure Canadian consumers can find more certified organic food products in their grocery stores.

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US: New study shows that nearly three-quarters of U.S. families buy organic products


Findings from the 2009 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, show that three in ten U.S. families are actually buying more organic foods compared to a year ago.

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US: New study: Emerging issues in the U.S. organic industry


Since the late 1990s, U.S. organic production has more than doubled, but the consumer market has grown even faster. This fast-paced growth has led to input and product shortages in organic supply chains, and several new issues are emerging in the...

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US: Organic sales grow by 17.1 percent in 2008


Sales of organic products in the USA, both food and non-food, reached 24.6 billion US Dollars by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 % over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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Canada: Research inventory 2008


An inventory of ongoing organic farming research in Canada was published by the Organic Agriculture Centre in Canada OAAC

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