Food Scares Help China’s Nascent Organic Market – Ben Blanchard and Niu Shuping

Recent horror stories about food safety issues within China and the export of tainted foods is helping spur the growth of the organic food market in China, according to Reuters:

This is helping drive sales in another, though still tiny, food sector in China — organic produce.

But a loose regulatory framework and sometimes just plain confusion about what exactly constitutes organic food has proven to be a stumbling block, experts say.

China has 5.7 million acres of certified organic farmland, according to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, although that is less than 1 percent of the country’s total farmed land.

Sales grew an estimated 50 percent last year, but a lot of China’s organic produce is actually exported. [Full text]

See also “Going Organic in China” from World Changing (from 2005) and information from the 2007 BioFach China, the international trade fair and conference.

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