The term “organic” broadly applies to the production of food without the use of man-made chemicals. In Canada, 1.4 percent share of agricultural land was used for organic farming in 2015. In that same year, the value of the organic food market in Canada amounted to 4.7 billion Canadian dollars.
The need for organic food production emerged as a response to a shift towards the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers following industrialized agriculture in the 1900s. Since then, demand for organically produced food has continued to rise. In 2015, the number of organic primary producers in Canada rose to 4,045. The region of Quebec has the highest number of certified organic primary producers.
In Canada, mandatory certification for agricultural products represented as organic in import, exports, and inter-provincial trade was implemented at the federal level in 2009. The value of organic exports from Canada in 2015 was reported to be worth around 610 million Canadian dollars and tracked organic imports to Canada as valued at around 652 million dollars in that same year. Coffee is the leading tracked organic food product imported to Canada.
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Organic food market in Canada - Important statistics