Organic food market in Canada- statistics & facts

The term “organic” broadly applies to the production of food without the use of man-made chemicals. The need for organic food production emerged as a response to a shift towards the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and livestock feed additives following industrialized agriculture in the 1900s. Since then, demand for organically produced food has continued to rise.

In Canada, two percent of all agricultural land was used for organic farming in 2018. In the same year, the value of the organic food market in Canada amounted to around 5.1 billion Canadian dollars. The number of organic primary producers in Canada has increased in recent years to reach over 5,700. The province of Quebec produces the highest volume of organic milk of any Canadian province, at almost 600,000 hectoliters in 2018/19.

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 and the value of organic imports into Canada have both increased in recent years.

Canadian females aged between 18 and 34 were the most likely demographic to actively include organic foods in their diet, whilst older males were most likely to avoid such products. However, the majority of respondents across most age groups and genders did not actively think about consuming organic foods. During a recent survey, it was found that fruits and vegetables were the most regularly purchased categories of organic food products in Canada. Eggs, milk, and fresh meat followed as the next most popular type of organic purchases. The Canadian sales value of organic packaged foods is forecast to rise to over 1.2 billion U.S. dollars by 2022.

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