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September 2017 Issue

Organics on the Upswing

If you have organic products in your refrigerator or pantry, you are far from alone. An April 2017 Nielsen survey found that 82 percent of U.S. households have organic food in their kitchens, representing a 3.4 percent increase from the last survey in 2015. The total amount of organic food sales for 2015 was $43.3 billion, 11 percent higher than the year before, outperforming the overall food market, which grew by only 3 percent. Among organic categories, fresh beverages grew the fastest. This rise is even more significant when you look at longer-term numbers; organic food sales have grown by 72 percent since 2008. In fact, sales are growing at such a clip that farmers are having a hard time keeping up with demand. As people are increasingly interested in learning more about where their food comes from, we are seeing consumer interest in organics rise in response.

What Does the Organic Label Mean?

USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods as much as possible. Organic certification requires that farmers and handlers get inspected every year. For more information, visit

Source: USDA