U.S. Organic Food Industry - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Organic Food Industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the organic food industry in the U.S.

Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such a s pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The demand for organic foods is primarily driven by personal health and environmental reasons and the United States has seen organic food sales growth since 2000. In 2012, organic food sales in the United States generated approximately 31.32 billion U.S. dollars and is predicted to generate about 42 billion U.S. dollars in 2014.

Natural and organic food is the fastest-growing sector of the American food marketplace, and made up 5.8 percent of total food sales in 2010. As of spring 2012, about 40.39 million people purchased organic food in the United States. One of the main reasons why U.S. consumers eat organic foods is because they are concerned about exposure to toxins in non-organic foods, which correlates to the fact that the consumers believe these products to be more nutritious than other food.

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