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China: New GAIN report issued

According to a new USDA GAIN Report released February 2009, the organic market in China has been growing at an annual double digit rate over the past decade. The early stage of organic farming in China was initiated by the demand from foreign countries. In 2005, the Chinese government issued regulations on organic food products, which laid a foundation for the sound development of the domestic organic market.

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According to a new USDA GAIN Report released February 2009, the organic market in China has been growing at an annual double digit rate over the past decade. The early stage of organic farming in China was initiated by the demand from foreign countries. 

In 2005, the Chinese government issued regulations on organic food products, which laid a foundation for the sound development of the domestic organic market. A standard label is required to be printed or attached to the packages of organic products.

Increased awareness of nutrition, health, and food safety issues and ever expanding disposable incomes are the main factors driving the domestic demand for organic products.

According to the Organic Food Development Center (OFDC), total sales of organic products in China reached 500 million US Dollars in 2007.

According to data supplied to FiBL by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China CNCA for the global organic survey, 1.968 million hectares are certified organic (including in-conversion areas). This figure includes 415'000 hectares of aquaculture. The total certified organic area is probably higher even, as the data from foreign certifiers, certifying against foreign standards are not included. 

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