Organic mushroom category remains strong - The Packer

Organic mushroom category remains strong

01/11/2013 12:41:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“My thinking is that the recession was a situation of all boats sinking at the same time — yachts and rowboats together,” he said.

At Dole, organic sales “stayed surprisingly stable” during the recession, Schroeder said. “We thought that was a very good sign.”

Schroeder said the situation was the same for conventional varieties, as well.

Because of the similarities in the growing methods between organic and nonorganic specialty mushrooms, the prices are becoming more and more comparable, Salvo said.

But that’s not necessarily the case for basic organic white and brown mushrooms.

“The yield on organic is considerably lower than nonorganic, and that, for the foreseeable future, will keep it at a much higher price plateau,” Schroeder said. “If you pay the same for the inputs, but you can’t get as much out in terms of yield, you’re going to have a higher unit cost.”

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Mischa Popoff    
Osoyoos BC Canada  |  January, 12, 2013 at 06:38 PM

This is reminiscent of the certified-organic maple syrup industry. Like mushrooms, maple syrup is already, for all intents and purposes, 100% organic. It all boils down to "whether a grower wants to go spend the time and incur the expense of becoming certified." And the only reason to do so is for marketing reasons, not agronomic or health reasons. As I put it in my book "Is it Organic?" a difference that doesn't make a difference elsewhere is no difference at all. You can view a preview of my book here:

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