The Top 5 Organic Farming Companies in the World, Ranked by Size

The Top 5 Organic Farming Companies in the World, Ranked by Size

Organic farming is a type of agriculture that prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals, but still uses techniques like rotational grazing and composting. It is currently the fastest-growing agricultural movement in the world, with over 2 million hectares of land devoted to it in 2016. The global organic food market is expected to have reached $31 billion in 2016. The U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and China are five countries with some of the largest organic farming industries in the world. In this article, we will explore top 5 organic farming companies in the world.

What is organic farming?

Organic farming is a type of agriculture that prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals, but still uses techniques like rotational grazing and composting. It is currently the fastest-growing agricultural movement in the world, with over 2 million hectares of land devoted to it in 2016. The global organic food market is expected to have reached $31 billion in 2016. The U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and China are five countries with some of the largest organic farming industries in the world.


Organic farming is defined by the United Nations as “farmer-directed cultivation of crops and livestock in ways which do not use the use or abuse of bioactive substances or toxic substances”.


Top 5 organic farming companies in the world

(The statistics and information in this article were sourced from company websites, company annual reports, and online research. Several other sources like The Organic Life, Growing your Organic Footprint, etc. were also consulted.)


1. Sustenance Organic Foods Inc. (Canada)


Founded in 1983 by renowned organic farmer Alan Gardner, Sustenance is one of the most well-known organic food companies in the world. With a number of organic products to their name, the company is among the top 5 organic farming companies in the world by the organic value of their products, which comes to $25 million.

U.S.

The United States has the largest organic farming industry in the world, with over five million hectares of land under organic cultivation in 2016.


California is the leading state in the U.S., with approximately 514,000 organic farms (as of 2015), representing 42 percent of the total national number. California organic farms produce $14 billion annually, making it the second largest organic state in the U.S. In fact, more than half of the organic fruits, vegetables, and nuts sold in U.S. supermarkets are produced in California.


Second to California in organic farming are the Midwestern states of Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri.


Diversified Agriculture Solutions is one of the largest organic farming companies in the United States. It supplies 2 million farmers and 500,000 consumers with organic corn, soybeans, and other commodities

France

La Redoute is one of the leading retailers in Europe and a 100 percent French company. According to their website, they carry over 9,000 different brands of products, ranging from cleaning products to personal care products. They also import and export goods worldwide. La Redoute was founded in 1905, and currently employs approximately 15,000 people. In 2015, they announced a £56 million investment to build the first-ever organic farm shop on the edge of the French capital.


The organic farm, called Les Bois Naturel, will be a one-story space which will offer seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as a café. The 12,000 sq. ft.

Italy

Italy has an economy that relies heavily on agriculture and is one of the major exporters of organic food in the world. Being one of the largest organic food producers and exporters in the world, Italy’s presence at the global organic food market is fairly prominent.


Gruppo Iaquinta S.p.A., a multinational company that produces organic fertilizers, animal feed additives, organic additives and biochemicals for industrial applications, has been making organic fertilizers for the past 140 years. Its headquarters are located in Pistoia, Italy, in the region of Tuscany. It was founded by two brothers, Alberto and Ugo Iaquinta.


Gruppo Iaquinta S.p.A. currently produces 31 different agricultural products from organic fertilizers to organic straw-based animals feed.

Germany

Deutsche Lebensmittelwerke, a subsidiary of GEA Group, is one of the top organic farming companies in Germany. Their organic farming business grew by 12.5% in 2016. Deutsche Lebensmittelwerke holds the position of 4th biggest organic food producer in Europe and is the biggest exporter of organic products in Germany. In 2017, GEA Group announced that they are partnering with fenalma GmbH, a German private farming company, to expand into organic farming. The companies plan to build two organic farms in Germany over the next two years.


China

China has already embraced the green revolution, driven by the country’s serious pollution problem. Consequently, China has become the second-largest organic milk producer in the world, with 4,200 registered producers, producing 2.7 billion liters. China is home to a number of companies that produce animal feed from organic crops such as rapeseed, corn, and soybeans. China’s major organic farming products include soybean meal and vegetable oil. In 2011, China overtook the U.S. to become the world’s top producer of rapeseed, and in 2015, it became the top producer of corn. In 2016, China became the top producer of wheat.


By 2020, it is expected that China will produce about 23 percent of the world’s organic crop.

Conclusion

Organic farming has a massive global reach, and is currently the fastest-growing agricultural movement in the world. With the massive growth of the organic food market in the past decade, we have grown accustomed to seeing organic labels all over our produce, coffee shops, and even household cleaners. The organic food market has also created a niche within the conventional food industry and the market share for organic food is expected to grow in the next decade.


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