Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Dilema,” has a great article in the New York Times on climate change and the virtues of growing your own food. Check it out at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/magazine/20wwln-lede-t.html?_r=2&ei=5087&em=&en=d8cc9200fb79ea20&ex=1209009600&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

According to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2007 Manufacturer Survey, organic foods are one of the fastest growing segments in the industry, with sales in 2006 increasing 21 percent to reach $16.7bn. But results from the same survey also indicate that supply is not keeping up with demand.

Some 55 percent of respondents (manufacturers) said that a lack of reliable supply restricted their company from generating more sales of organic products. 

Meat and dairy are amongst the categories hit by supply shortages, and according to OTA’s report these continued to be the two fastest-growing segments.

Demand for meat, which is currently the smallest category in the organic food market, shot up by 55 percent, placing total sales at $300m. Dairy, the largest organic segment, saw a 25 percent increase in sales, to reach a value of $2.6bn.

“We know we are not meeting demand with domestic supply,” said Caren Wilcox, head of the Organic Trade Association. Read the rest of this entry »