UK: Rapid growth in the organic food sector
The amount of land used for organic farming in the UK has almost doubled in the last year to 458,600 hectares, while the number of licensed organic farms has risen to almost 4000, according to a report by the Soil Association. Sales of organic food and drink rose by 15% to around £920m (US$1.437bn) in the year ending April 2002, while almost 80% of households bought at least one organic item during the 12-month period.
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