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handful of developing nations with small dofor organic products is on the rise, paving the he Food and Agriculture Ormestic markets for organic products; others way for a more environmentally friendly marganization (FAO) of the United have begun latching on to export opportuniketplace. Nations defines organic agrities, including Mexico, which exports organic A trend is already discernable. Several Euculture as a holistic system of coffee, and Uganda, whose organic cotton is a ropean Union (EU) countries currently grant production management that popular export product. promotes and improves the health Organic food and fiber demand of the agro-ecosystem, particularly Although Mexico lags in 22nd place has opened up a whole new world of biodiversity, biological cycles and soil worldwide in terms of hectares of opportunities for farmers and busibiological activity. Such a system takes organic crops, it has more organic nesses engaged in related activities. into account environmental and social farms than any other country –83,174 And if global growth rates are anyrepercussions, and shuns the use of compared to Italy’s 44,733, and well thing to go by, the balance should be synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, vetabove Uganda’s 40,000. tipping toward organic agriculture as erinary medications, genetically modi2020 approaches. fied seeds and species, preservatives, The private sector has been creatadditives and radiation. ing concepts and markets for organic prodsubsidies to organic farmers to reduce polOrganic agriculture presently accounts ucts for years with some success, but the lution of aquifers and protect biodiversity. In for a relatively small proportion of economic recent increase in consumer demand has Austria and Switzerland, for example, organic activity, but is rapidly gaining importance in caused the public sector to sit up and take agriculture accounts for 10% and 7.8% of the certain countries, regardless of their level of notice. food system, respectively, while the US, France, development –which is good news for the enThe market for certified organic products Japan and Singapore are registering annual vironment at a time when the world’s soils are is dominated by developed nations. That said, growth rates as high as 20%. Egypt is one of a degrading at an unprecedented rate. Demand

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ProMexico: Negocios Magazine: Organic Agriculture in Mexico  

Organic agriculture is rapidly gaining importance as an economic activity in Mexico. The export market for such products makes up 10 percent...

ProMexico: Negocios Magazine: Organic Agriculture in Mexico  

Organic agriculture is rapidly gaining importance as an economic activity in Mexico. The export market for such products makes up 10 percent...

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