Some Interesting Statistics

September 14th, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Some Interesting Statistics

– From Hartman’s “Beyond Organic and Natural 2010” report: three-fourths of U.S. consumers purchased organic products in 2010. One-third of consumers buy organic foods monthly. Interestingly, a report was just released this week from the Irish Food Board reporting that 92 per cent of Irish consumers purchased organic produce in the last 12 months

– According to Mintel’s report on Green Living from 2010, 35% of those who responded claimed they would pay more for environmentally-friendly products.

– Also from Mintel, only 21% of those surveyed have cut back or eliminated organic food purchases during the current economic situation.

– … And 48% of those surveyed are buying as much or more organic food than before the economic downturn.

– Research from The National Association for the Specialty Trade shows that organic foods appeal most to those between the ages of 35-44.

– And here is a very sobering statistic amidst all the interest in organic foods – the Census Bureau just released its annual report on income, poverty, and health insurance in the United States. The news is quite dreary. The official poverty rate is now 15.1 percent, meaning that one in six Americans is living in poverty – meaning food is often difficult to come by. Do you think organic foods mean anything to them? Absolutely not. While what we do is important, it’s certainly a luxury to have a choice as to the food we eat, with the criteria being how it was grown. Poverty is very ugly… particularly amidst such wealth.