Worldwide sales of organic foods 1999-2018

The global sales of organic food have increased between 2000 and 2018. In 2018, sales of organic food amounted to 95 billion U.S. dollars, up from nearly 18 billion dollars in 2000.

Organic agriculture

What constitutes organic food can vary significantly depending on the country and certifier, but it often refers to crops grown without artificial pesticides, genetic modifications, or petroleum-based fertilizers. For meat, dairy, and eggs to be labelled as organic, the animals must be raised on organic feed, given adequate time outdoors, and not fed growth hormones. In 2017, there were nearly 70 million hectares of organic farms worldwide. In India alone there were 835 thousand organic food producers, more than any other country.

Organic food in the United States

North America accounts for half of the retail sales of organic food worldwide, making it the largest market for organic food, with most of that being attributed to the United States. Organic food in the United States has occupied a greater share of the total food sales every year since 2008. In 2017, about 5.5 percent of total food sales in the United States were generated by organic food.

Worldwide sales of organic food from 1999 to 2018

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

1999 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures have been converted from euros to U.S. dollars using the OANDA currency converter.

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