Organic agricultural land increasing in Canada
The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA)'s latest research has revealed 5,053 certified organic operations in Canada, accounting for 2.43 million acres of land.
- Organic acreage in Canada increased by over 70,000 acres to 2.43 million acres, or 1.5%, between 2014 and 2015.
- Organic areas now account for approximately 1.5% of total agricultural land in Canada.
- While pasture still occupies the largest share of all organic acreage, its proportion has decreased from 65% to 63.8% primarily due to significant increases in vegetable & root crop acreage, as well fruit & nut acreage.
- In 2015, Canada imported at least CAD$652 million worth of organic products, representing a 37% increase from 2012.
- There are 5,053 certified organic operations in Canada, over half of which are in Quebec, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
- Of the certified operations, there are 4,045 primary producers, 618 livestock operations and 1,542 processors, manufacturers and retailers in Canada.
March 2, 2017 By Marketwired
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