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Latin America On Its Way To Become A Major Organic Food Producer

Latin America is on its way to becoming an important supplier of organic products.

Last week, at the eighth assembly of the Inter-American Commission of Organic Agriculture (CIAO), it was agreed that the strengthening of the domestic markets is key for Latin American producers to be able to satisfy consumers' growing demands for this type of produce.

Juan Carlos Ramírez, president of the directive board at the CIAO, said, "We have the responsibility of improving the institutional frames and production control systems, considering the perception that people have regarding organic produce being healthier and more environmentally friendly."

Ramirez stated that all countries in the region have increased exports, and he called organic farming a "challenge for the future of agriculture".

Latin America currently represents between 17% and 20% of the world's commerce in organic produce, and the region is taking "giant steps".

He pointed out that there are 2.2 million organic food producers in the world, and 400,000 are in Latin America.

© 2016 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Gabriela Guédez. To subscribe to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine, click here.

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