The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in February published its report on the global data on organic farming. In the report with data collected since 2018, the institute said that they remain optimistic about the future of organic agriculture. In 2018, organic farmlands increased by two million hectares across 186 countries, and organic sales continue to grow, too.
These positive trends will continue even amid the pandemic. The institution is optimistic that the need for organic products will strengthen over time. And if the height of the pandemic is any indication, it looks like the general public finally understood the importance of eating healthily and seeking a more balanced diet.
The latest figures said that across 186 countries, over 2.8 million certified organic farmers are growing organic produce on 71.5 million hectares of land. Is this enough? Hardly. The global population stands at 7.8 billion in 2020. If the world has any hope of feeding the entire population with healthy and nutritious food, it has to do more in terms of encouraging conventional farmers to go into organic farming instead.
But it’s a bit surprising for some that even amid globalization, consumerism, and capitalism, organic farming has continued its steady growth in the last decade. What does this mean? Are people becoming more conscious of the way they consume and their actions’ impact on the environment?
If the data from the research institute is to be the basis of your conclusion, you will theorize that Danish and Swiss people are better consumers of organic products. Denmark had the highest organic market share at 11.5%. France is also a great organic consumer, growing its organic market by as much as 15% in just a year.
There are two reasons for the double-digit growth seen in most markets. One, people are more informed now. With the advent of technology comes easy access to information covering all topics about organic farming. It is now easier than ever to understand concepts, theories, methods, and even test hypotheses.
Two, a lot of people have become more conscious about the food they eat because of medical conditions and history in the family, lifestyle changes, and a host of other reasons. As people’s mortality came into question because of the pandemic, more and more of them decided to take a long hard look at the way their food choices impact the environment.
In the years to come, this will result to more directed and focused consumerism of organic products.