The demand for organic grew in the pandemic

19 May 2020

In the videoconference “Health and Organic Production” the present and opportunities for organic food were analyzed.

In the first session of the cycle “Health and Organic Production” organized by the Inter-American Commission on Organic Agriculture (CIAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Ecovalia Association, a videoconference was held where the role of the organic food production in the pandemic and future expectations.

Rommel Betancourt, President of CIAO considered that “we have a big crisis in the middle and a great opportunity ahead and organic, ecological and biological food and our worldview to protect the environment and the health of consumers play a very important role”.

For his part, Álvaro Barrera, president of Ecovalia, said that in the pandemic “the organic sector has given its contribution in providing safe, health food that benefits people. This was reflected in an increase in consumption of organic production. In other words, in the face of this health crisis, society and the population have taken refuge in organic production and in the future we have to consider that this production should be more protagonist. the greatest growths of organic products have been in crisis and stress situations ”.

In his dissertation, Manuel Otero, Executive Director of IICA noted that “the new world will develop a social and environmental awareness, which means much smarter agriculture and organic production, I do not know whether to say that it is one of the great winners of this crisis , but it is an area with great opportunity ”.

Julia Lernoud of IFOAM referred to the demand for food and products from organic agriculture. “We see that really, even in these moments of crisis, the demand for these green, organic products continues to grow. Organic growers have faced a great challenge but have adapted. They always have this adaptability that has led them to e-commerce and develop in a new world of marketing. There is more demand, people are becoming more aware of the importance of healthy and clean products. “

Regarding trends, Lernoud stated that “the organic market is growing on a larger scale in the world. We see some cases where 20% of the market is organic and gives us hope and energy to continue on this path ”.

Full video conference can be accessed here.

Source: Super Campo