Organic aquaculture products will be required to comply with the Organic Aquaculture Standard CAN/CGSB-32.312 Organic Production Systems –Aquaculture – General principles, management standards and permitted substances lists incorporated by reference in the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The 24-month transition period to the new requirement begins January 15, 2019. Organic aquaculture products that are sold between provinces or imported must be certified by a CFIA accredited certifier, and the Canada Organic Logo cannot be used unless the product has been certified organic. Certification of seaweed under the current requirements will remain valid until the end of the 24 month transition period. Organic aquaculture products are not within the scope of Canada's current international organic equivalency arrangements. Some fresh fruits and vegetables grown with aquaponic techniques could potentially meet either CAN/CGSB-32.312 Organic Production Systems – Aquaculture – General principles, management standards and permitted substances lists or CAN/CGSB 32.310 – Organic Production Systems – General Principles and Management Standards.
Sales of organic packaged food and beverages in China are expected to show 20 percent year-on-year growth in 2018, compared to 10 percent growth in the Asia Pacific region. Thailand’s government plans to make the most of this opportunity.
According to a press release from the Canada Organic Trade Association, the organic market share in Canada has reached 2.6% of grocery market sales for food and beverage (Nielsen data, 2017), up from 1.7% in 2012. Canada’s organic food service market was estimated at CN$555 million in 2017, with 74% (CN$409 million) of this volume coming from organic food sales and 26% (CN$146 million) from organic beverage sales. Nearly a third of all organic foods in food service are within the travel and leisure environments.
Fresh fruit and vegetable sales in the United Kingdom were up 5.3 percent in the year ending in June, as supermarket sales of organic food and beverages grew by 4 percent in that time, according to figures form the Soil Association. The overall organic market is valued at £2.2 billion, with £1.5 billion of that spent in supermarkets.
The Brazilian Council on Organic and Sustainable Production reports that the organic food, cosmetic and textile markets generated about US$872 million in 2017, up from US$121 million in 2010. There are 17,075 registered producers of organic food in Brazil, 70 percent of them small family farms, up from 6,700 in 2013.
Based in the United Arab Emirates, Organic&Real is ramping up its offerings on its e-commerce site. The business aims to have 15,000 organic products available by the end of the year, including fruits and vegetables, grains, meat, oils, nuts, poultry, eggs, bread, cereal and dairy products. Current top sellers are baby products, fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, and dates.
Retail sales of organic products in New Zealand were up 8.1 percent annually, versus non-organic product annual retail sales growth of 4.8 percent. About 80 percent of shoppers buy organic products at least twice per month, with fresh food comprising over half of the purchases.
Without a trade deal in place for the day that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union (March 30, 2019), British organic products will lose EU certification and access to key markets for at least nine months. A survey from the Scottish Organic Producers Association found that 70 percent of respondents say retaining access to the EU market was their top priority.
The Organic Federation of Canada will receive up to CN$8.3 million of federal funding, including an additional CN$4.4 million from industry, for research in better soil health and fertility management, advance crop breeding, improved pest management and evaluating the environmental impacts of organic farming. The Federation will also have CN$292,555 for reviewing the Canadian Organic Standards and improving international market access.
Demand for organic chicken is likely to spearhead across various countries on the back of increasing demand for organic food, concludes a new report. Fact.MR projects that the sales of organic chicken worldwide are likely to cross US$7,500 million by end of 2028 with increasing demand from emerging countries. Sales of organic chicken are expected to remain concentrated in the developed countries of Europe closely followed by emerging economies of Asia Pacific excluding Japan.
USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service compiled a list of organic import and export trade codes, along with descriptions of the commodities, the date the code was added and other details. Check the menu under the ‘Reports’ tab on the Global Agriculture Trade System (GATS) home page.
Concerns about food origin and social consciousness are some of the factors driving increased interest in organic products in Vietnam. In addition, improved living standards are putting organic food, cosmetics and clothes in the reach of more people. Organica, one of Vietnam’s retailers, now has five outlets in three major cities, and the supermarket chain Co.opmart reports sales are on the rise.
Organic regulations in effect beginning July 1, 2018 require the use of India’s organic logo on imported organic products, including products from the United States. Until September 30, 2018, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will allow imported organic products to enter India with a non-detachable sticker of FSSAI’s organic logo, as required under Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017. Absent the FSSAI organic logo, imported organic food products will not be allowed entry into India.
An agriculture commission in Brazil’s lower house has passed a proposal that would ban the sale of organic foods in supermarkets and other major retailers, supposedly as an effort to curb fraud and mislabeling. The proposal must pass another congressional commission before moving forward to a full vote.
RT (formerly Russia Today) reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law regulating production, storage, and transportation of organic produce in Russia. The law, to be in force January 1, 2020, bans the use of agrochemicals, pesticides, antibiotics growth stimulators and hormones, and creates a national register.
A pilot program “Payment by Results” has been extended two years with £540,000 more in funding from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to pay farmers according to the environmental outcomes they achieve. The project is paying participating farmers for work that is specifically tailored to the environmental needs of their area. For example, in Norfolk and Suffolk farmers are benefitting from planting nectar plots for bees and other pollinators, while those in Wensleydale are focused on managing species-rich meadows.
As the standard of living has improved in China, so has interest in imported food. According to the General Administration of Customs, China’s total food imports were up 25 percent year on year to $58.28 billion last year. Meat, oil, dairy and seafood are the most popular imports.
Kazakhstan plans to increase organic soybean production in the next seven years to reach 3.9 million metric tons, a 15-fold increase. They hope to export to Europe and China. Currently, less than one percent of the country’s agricultural land is dedicated to organic production.
A free report from EcoLogical.bio on The Organic Sector in Spain 2018 revealed that the domestic market in Spain is valued at €1.686 million, and the organic food is 1.69 percent of the food market there. In addition, per capita spending on organic products is up 12.58 percent since 2015.
Fresh Plaza reported that a spokesperson from fruit and vegetable distributor Grupa Owoce Natury discussed the culture of buying produce directly from local markets or farm stands. Shoppers feel that buying organic products direct makes the product more authentic and trustworthy.