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UK Policymakers Take Note: Organic Business Is On The Mend

April 1, 2010: 04:21 AM EST
According to a report by the UK’s Soil Association, organic business, like all other business, has felt the recession’s negative impact. But there is cause for optimism. Overall, organic sales may have dropped 13 percent, but organic milk and baby food sales defied the trend, posting increases of one percent and 20.8 percent respectively. Organic health and beauty product sales soared by 33 percent to $55 million. Organic farmland increased by nine percent over 2008. Organic sales show a possibility of “modest growth” (two to five percent) this year. But more work needs to be done. In particular, lawmakers need to be reminded of the environmental benefits of organic farming: converting all UK farmland to organic production would have the same environmental impact as taking a million cars off the road.
"Organic Market Report 2010", Soil Association, April 01, 2010, © Soil Association
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