Feb 26, 2024

Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine anticipates that 1000 more farmers will join the ocuntry’s Organic Farming Scheme in 2024, adding to the 5,000 farms already participating. About 5% of Irelands land is being farmed organically.

Feb 12, 2024

Despite inflation and lower disposable income in 2022 and 2023, European Union organic sales were expected to grow slightly in 2023, reports the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service.  They estimated that the 2022 EU organic market totaled $55.1 billion. Together, Germany and France represent about 60 percent of the EU organic market, followed by Italy, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands. Latvia Lithuania, Bulgaria and Poland had the highest growth rates fo organic sales in 2023.

Feb 6, 2024

From 2024-2034, IFOAM-Organics International will pursue the following objectives (https://www.ifoam.bio/sites/default/files/2024-02/20231114_StrategyOnePa...) to unite members and allies, build partnerships, set a global agenda and drive change:
1. Empower organic worldwide by equipping members and allies with competencies, tools and community.
2. Lead the organic movement globally by positioning organic farming and food systems as a solution to global crises.
3. Building a sustainable future for IFOAM-Organics International, including resturcturing membership and governance.

Jan 31, 2024

Concerns about “forever chemicals” such as Bisphenol A (BPA)and per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances pushed Indonesia’s Agency for Food and Drug Control to release draft regulations for food packaging. The regulatiosn would prohibit PFAS and their precursors from all types of food packaging, and set limits on BPA, especially in children’s products.

Jan 30, 2024

During an open comment period for proposed updates to the Soil Association’s standards for organic salmon farming, a group of over 30 organizations signed an open letter requesting that salmon and trout farms be removed from organic certification. Their main complaints were that breaches of standards were rarely enforced and that the standards, especially for mortality levels, allopathic treatments, sea lice treats to wild fish, use of wild cleaner fish and wild-caught fish as feed, do not meet consumer expectations. Wildfish, the lead signatory on the letter, focuses on threats to wild fish from open-net salmon farming, pollution and removing too much water from fish habitats (over-abstraction).

Jan 11, 2024

Ravi R. Prasad, who previously worked at Oxfam, the International Press Institute, UNICEF, ActionAid International, and Transparency International, is the new Executive Director of IFOAM—Organics International. He succeeds Marco Schlüter, who served as the Interim Executive Director on a part-time basis since August 2022.

Jan 10, 2024

The Organic Trade Association received $1.05 million from the USDA Market Access Program to promote US organic products around the world in 2024. USDA statistics show a nearly 20 percent increase in exports over the last five years. Canada and Mexico remain the primary export destinations for U.S. organic products by a wide margin, though Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates are also strong export markets. Within the last couple of years, China and Vietnam have also edged into the top 10 export destinations for the first time. OTA’s international promotion activities are open to members and non-members, and include trade shows, social media campaigns, retail promotions, consumer education, and more.

Dec 15, 2023

Through its Measures for Achievement of Decarbonization and Resilience law, Japan is aiming for 25% of farmland to be organic by 2050. The Organic Standard reports that 0.6% of Japan’s farmland is managed organically, including certified and non-certified organic farms. The law, enacted in 2021, supports participatory guarantee systems as well as third party certification. Other targets include 50% reduction in risk-weighted use of chemical pesticide s, and 30% reduction in chemical fertilizer use.

Dec 12, 2023

The EU adopted new rules for the labeling of organic pet food in the single market. Pet food can now be labeled with the EU organic production logo if 95 percent of its agricultural ingredients are organic. The new rules make the EU organic production logo mandatory for prepacked organic pet food.

Dec 12, 2023

Focusing on sustainably produced and organic food, the European Union, as in 2023, will use €185.9 million (approximately $203.3 million) for promoting EU agri-food products in 2024. About  €85.1 million is dedicated to promotion outside the EU, with an emphasis on China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and North America. Overall, €62 million will be earmarked for sustainably produced agrifood products, including €42 million for organic products. Goals of organic promotion include raising awareness of the EU organic logo and increasing use of organic products in Europe. 

Dec 6, 2023

Ireland has allotted €1.5 million to support investment in the organic processing sector. Funding for the project, which will be used to develop facilities for processing, preparation, grading, packing and storage of organic products, will be released in tranches.

Nov 30, 2023

The global market for organic vegetables is expected to reach $9.12 billion in 2024, and hit $11.11 billion in 2028, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. The anticipated growth is driven by a focus on climate change resilience and adoption of sustainable agriculture practices, as well as an increasing preference for organic food and growth in restaurants and food service.

Nov 24, 2023

In a presentation on organic fruits and vegetables, Carsten Ahrenfeldt, Marketing Director of Organic Denmark, reported that 99.7% of Danes buy organic products at least once per year, and 75% buy organic products at least weekly. Organic food is 13.9 percent of all food consumed in Denmark. Despite some challenges, including Corona virus pandemic, war in Europe, and increasing prices in recent years, 38% of households buy 30% or more of their food as organic.

Nov 24, 2023

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) plans to amend “The Administrative Measures for the Labeling of Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms" to change the labelling catalogs and stipulate that products listed in the catalog shall be lablled if the GMO content of each single ingredient exceeds three percent (3%). Listed products include: Soybeans, soybean flour, soybean oil, soybean meal, soybean protein, okara, corn, corn oil, corn flour, corn residue, corn meal, alfalfa grass and papaya. 

Nov 22, 2023

The European Parliament rejected the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products Regulation, a crucial component of the European Union’s Green Deal. The proposal would have cut the use of chemical pesticides in half by 2030 and was seen as an important move toward more sustainable agriculture. The vote was close, with 299 members of parliament voting against the proposal, 209 for the regulations and 121 abstaining.

Nov 21, 2023

As an effort to preserve Italy’s food culture, the government has proposed a ban on cultivated meat and restrictions on labelling for plant-based products. Meat-based names such as ‘salami’ or ‘steak’ would be prohibited on meat alternatives. 

Nov 15, 2023

The global organic coffee market, at a compound annual growth rate of 10.8%, is expected to hit $16.46 billion in 2028. 

Nov 1, 2023

In order to better fulfill the potential of the organic sector to address climate and health issues, the Soil Association has initiated a drive to make organic products affordable, available and accessible to all in the United Kingdom. They intend to collaborate with people across the organic sector to make sure organic farms and products are valued, supported, and available at home and in public settings.

Oct 18, 2023

New legislation (EU Regulation 2023/2419) published in the Official Journal of the European Union October 18 aligns the labeling of organic pet food with organic food for human consumption, as outlined in Regulation (EU) 2018/848. Among other changes, the EU organic production logo will be mandatory for prepacked organic pet food. Organic pet food producers have until April months to include the logo on their products.

Oct 17, 2023

Rules about wine bottles shapes, seals, labeling and more will change in 2024 in the United Kingdom. Among other changes designed to reduce waste and administrative burdens, imported wines will no longer be required to have an importer address on the label.


How to use this website

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) brings the US organic industry to developing markets around the world. This database is a comprehensive tool for OTA membership interested in participating in or expanding international trade in organic products by providing information to understand international markets for organic products. Select the country you wish to export to and find out whether it has an agreement with the United States, who its certifiers are, and much more.

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