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The word “organic” is thrown around a lot today. People around the world diligently search their fruits and vegetables at the farmers market or grocery store to make sure they are bearing those reassuringly official “Organic Approved Organic” stickers. But how many of us actually realize or comprehend what the term “organic” really means, particularly as it relates to the farming of the produce that we eat?

As a global company, OG feels that it is essential to collaborate with other companies who care as much about the planet and the people in it as we do. A big part of that is our organic ganoderma — the ingredient at the heart of all our products. That is why, as one of the worlds leading suppliers of products containing organically grown ganoderma lucidum, OG is proud to be a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), an association that aims to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the global economy.

Here are some basic facts about what “organic” means around the world, in relation to farming, food and the ganoderma mushrooms that make your OG products so special:

 

1. “Organic” is a way of growing agricultural products or raising livestock. The processes used uphold the integrity of the farm and follow a high set of standards that guarantees specific practices are used for both food and non-food products.

 

2. The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) tests have found widespread pesticide contamination on popular fruits and vegetables. Many purveyors of fruits and vegetables now encourage shoppers to lower their pesticide intake by not buying or by avoiding the 12 most contaminated produce —  a group that has become known in contemporary culture as “the dirty dozen.”

 

3. The European Union, the U.S., Canada, Japan, and other countries require organic food producers to have a special certification based on government-defined standards to market food as organic.

 

4. The Asia-Pacific organic food market grew at an annual rate of more than 13 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to Datamonitor, with 8 percent annual growth expected for the coming five years.

 

5. The Asian-Pacific market for organic personal care products is also expanding rapidly, with annual growth of 9.7 percent to 2018, according to Transparency Market Research

 

6. According to the latest data released by statistics Denmark, the Danish organic food market grew by 6.1 percent in  2014 alone.  The organic market in Denmark stands at 830 Million euros. This figure includes general retailers (supermarkets and grocery stores), but it does not take into account direct marketing or specialized organic shops

 

Sources:

1. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “AGRO-INDUSTRIES FOR DEVELOPMENT.” Web Accessed March 28, 2015.

2. Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Fruit and Tree Nut Yearbook Spreadsheet Files.” 2010. Web Accessed March 28, 2015.

3. Gillman, Jeff. 2008. The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

4. Datamonitor report, “Asia-Pacific – Organic Food” (April 2014): http://www.datamonitor.com/store/Product/asia_pacific_organic_food?productid=MLIP1231-0001

5. Transparency Market Research report, “Organic Personal Care Products Market for Skin Care, Hair Care, Oral Care and Cosmetics – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 – 2018” (June 2013): http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/organic-personal-care-products.html

6. DST.dk: Retail trade by organic foods http://www.dst.dk/en/Statistik/emner/handel/detailhandel-med-oekologiske-foedevarer.aspx