Canada: organic farm surface up by 121 percent since 2006 (IT)


In a recently published fact sheet the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) indicates that organic food purchases accounted for 3.2% of all grocery sales in 2018, up from 2.6% in 2017. An increase offset by the interest of agricultural producers in the sector.

The purchase of organic food in Canada increases with decreasing age: organic is purchased by 46% of the 18-24 age group and 32% of the 25-34 age group. Only a quarter of people between the ages of 35 and 44 buy organic, and a fifth of those between the ages of 44 and 55, one in seven between the ages of 56 and 74, and one in 10 over the age of 75 years old. Among the most purchased products are fruit and vegetables (80%), followed by meat and poultry (about 30%), dairy products (just over 20%), bread and grains. While organic products are bought weekly by 66% of Canadians, men and women buy in equal proportions.

The organic surface reached 1,375,931 ha in 2019 (it was 1,335,462 in 2018). Organic farms are 3% of the country's total farms. Producers rose to 5,677 (from 5,468 in 2018), while processors dropped slightly to 169, compared to 1,717 in 2018.

Other details can be found in the fact-sheet published by COTA and downloadable HERE

Source: COTA