05 May Why is Organic Food so important?
‘Organic food’ can be confusing. I know.
It is tied to the whole concept of ‘eating sustainably’, ‘eating smart’ etc…
but that is fine! As consumers, we are constantly bombarded with a ton of information
and it is hard to know what is good and not good for us. This is why I am here,
to help break down big concepts into bite size pieces and guide you through it.
So here we go.
Before delving into organic foods, let’s look at the bigger picture, which is organic farming,
also known as organic agriculture. Organic Farming,
‘that aim to produce food using natural substances and processes.’
Its goals is to encourage :
. the responsible use of energy and natural resources;
. the maintenance of biodiversity;
preservation of regional ecological balances;
enhancement of soil fertility;
maintenance of water quality.
European countries are taking action towards organic farming, leading to positive outcomes:
In the U.K., 485 thousand hectares were farmed organically in the U.K. in 2019.
Organic market in the U.K. is worth billion in 2020.
In France, the organic market was worth more than 9.1 billion in 2018, the world’s biggest increase. Another 50% market growth by 2025.
For the first time, organic sales have surpassed alternate routes in both supermarkets and online.
Italy is the top European country for organic food and drinks exports. It comes second place after the USA on a global scale. The value of organic imports reaches 3.3 billion euros in 2020.
Of course, there is still so much space for improvements as the organic market is dwarfed by the size of the overall food and drink sector. As consumers, we should be more vigilant about our grocery shopping habits as it is the small changes in our habits that accumulate
and ultimately bring a positive impact