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own internationally recognized certification clude tomatoes, chili peppers, pumpkin, cu- the ability to produce labor-intensive crops cumber, garlic, onion, eggplant, melon, mango, like sesame seeds and the weather conditions process. And although Mexico lags in 22nd place oranges, apples, papaya, bananas, pineapple, to supply products that are scarce elsewhere worldwide in terms of hectares of organic lime, coconut, peach, avocado, agave (for its during certain seasons all year round. In this context, the way forward for organic crops, it has more organic farms than agriculture in Mexico would seem to any other country –83,174 compared rely in tropical products like coffee, to Italy’s 44,733, and well above UganIn 2007, the global market for organic mango, banana, avocado, cacao, hibisda’s 40,000. Chiapas, Oaxaca and products was valued at 46 billion usd, cus, citrus fruits, papaya, coconut and Michoacán are the Mexican states but by 2008 this figure had surpassed exotic fruits. with the most hectares dedicated to 50 billion usd. According to figures for And when it comes to organic organic crops, which often account 2010, the market for organic products farming methods, Mexico has experifor a substantial proportion of land registered an annual growth rate of ence and know-how, with some proddedicated to that particular product. 10.4%. ucts, such as avocado pulp powder Cases in point include vanilla (14.5%); and dried fruit, boasting home-grown coffee (10.4%); papaya (8.7%); sesame seeds (7.1%); palm oil (4.5%); walnuts (2.4%); nectar), basil, mint, ginger, beans, soya beans, technology. Organic agriculture makes sense cocoa, palm oil, vanilla, peanuts, walnuts, socially and environmentally, but for Mexico pineapple (2.4%) and mango (1.4%). Of the 40-plus organic products Mexico chickpeas and safflower, as well as honey, it has major economic implications. n offers, coffee is without a doubt the most im- milk, cream, cheese, candies and cosmetics, portant, accounting for 69% of land dedicated albeit in smaller quantities. *Professor and researcher in the Political and SoIn short, Mexico enjoys two main advan- cial Sciences Faculty, National Autonomous Unito organic crops, followed by corn (4.5%) and sesame seeds (4%). Other organic crops in- tages on this increasingly contested market: versity of Mexico (UNAM).

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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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