“U.S. producers have been challenged to keep pace with growing consumer demand for organic products for over a decade, and new statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce show that organic imports play a key role in meeting U.S. demand,” USDA said.
Bananas and other tropical and subtropical crops that are not produced in great numbers in the U.S. are among the top imported organic product, the article said.
At the same time, organic products the U.S. Department of Commerce tracks that U.S. grower-shippers export are mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, which have the highest organic adoption levels in the U.S., according to the article. And their value is gaining.
“Two-thirds of the organic product exports that Commerce is tracking showed some increase in value between 2011 and 2012, with organic apple exports from the U.S. more than doubling in value,” the article said.
Most U.S. organic fresh fruit and vegetables exports increased in 2012, the article said, with apple, pears, cauliflower and broccoli showing some of the biggest boosts in value.