October 2009

“There is scope for the development and growth of natural and organic agriculture in Jamaica through a national policy framework for the sector” ~ Dr. David Lowe; Head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Agro-Investment Corporation; Jamaica

He was speaking at the opening session of a two-day workshop on business opportunities in the European natural and organic products market.

I like what the Jamaican Wellness Cluster has been doing. It would be a great idea for all those interested in promoting wellness to come together to cooperate, educate and learn. We need Dominica Wellness Clusters.

Jamaican Information Service

On the occasion of the World Food Day, agro-industry proposes a second green revolution based on genetic engineering. This suits their interests but does not contribute to feeding the poor. Organic Agriculture based on its encouraging concepts, experience and examples proposes a paradigm-shift in food security policies to ensure that hunger is history by 2050.


“The marketing boom pushed retail sales of organic foods up to $21.1 billion in 2008 from $3.6 billion in 1997.” ~ Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-58) 33 pp, September 2009

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-58) 33 pp, September 2009

Organic foods now occupy prominent shelf space in the produce and dairy aisles of most mainstream U.S. food retailers. The marketing boom has pushed retail sales of organic foods up to $21.1 billion in 2008 from $3.6 billion in 1997. U.S. organic-industry growth is evident in an expanding number of retailers selling a wider variety of foods, the development of private-label product lines by many supermarkets, and the widespread introduction of new products. A broader range of consumers has been buying more varieties of organic food. Organic handlers, who purchase products from farmers and often supply them to retailers, sell more organic products to conventional retailers and club stores than ever before. Only one segment has not kept pace—organic farms have struggled at times to produce sufficient supply to keep up with the rapid growth in demand, leading to periodic shortages of organic products.

USDA Economic Research Service