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Organic food and beverage sales in 2020 topped $6.5 billion, 33 per cent higher than2017 organic food and beverage sales, according to new data from the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA). The 2021 Organic Market Update shows that the overall organic sector grew to $8.1 billion in 2020 maintaining its status as the sixth-largest consumer organic market in the world.

The research findings suggest that Canadians are committed to organic in many areas of our economy—as consumers, farmers, educators, exporters, researchers, and manufacturers. There is a shared recognition that organic is not just about environmental stewardship, or healthy eating choices, or supporting local farmers—it’s about all those things. Growing health consciousness, particularly accented during the global pandemic, is a key driver in the continued demand for organic food.

In 2020, 23 per cent of Canadians were eating organic more than the year before confirming that organic continues to be the most trusted and in-demand food system in Canada. While the overall food market reportedly grew at a rate of 23.4 per cent between 2017 and 2020, the organic food marketplace grew at 57.3 per cent in the same period.

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