USA: trends in production and consumption of organic products

Reports of organic products of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, for its acronym in English), found some trends within the industry.

In addition to the expected increase in organic sales and the continued incorporation of the sector, the studies revealed other changes, according to the latest issue of the magazine Amber Waves of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). While the convention says that higher-income Americans tend to buy organic products, an 2014 investigation showed that an 42% of Americans with annual incomes under the 30.000 USD made an effort to buy organic food. The highest consumption also inclined towards the youngest: the millennials They represent more than half of consumers who actively try to buy organic products.

The surface with organic has expanded according to demand. Along with younger consumers, organic producers are also younger, according to Amber Waves. According to the USDA, organic farmers are younger than their conventional counterparts and tend to produce a greater variety of crops, usually to comply with regulations and protect themselves from losses. These young producers also have a more direct contact with consumers. According to the report, almost an 8% of organic producers also acted as merchants, which boosted their sales.


In January of 2017, the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), through the Sub Department of Organic Agriculture, trained about thirty quinoa producers from the Tarapacá region about the National Organic Product Certification System, to implement a process normative-community that allows them to become the first experience of production of organic quinoa in the Chilean highlands. The initiative, supported by the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) and financed by the Regional Government of Tarapacá through the Innovation Fund for Regional Competitiveness (FIC-R), seeks through Research and Development actions (I + D) enhance the competitiveness of small Aymara farmers organized in the Quinoacoop Quinoa Producers Cooperative, through an organic production model that serves as an alternative for these producers to have better access to the market.

Source: The Packer - Regional Government of Tarapacá - ProChile - Raw Wine

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