(OrganicJar) The rotten economy is eating into sales of organic foods as fewer Americans put these often costly groceries on their plates. Overall sales of organic food are still rising, though the industry's robust growth of recent decades is tapering off. Many devotees of organic foods are not willing to cut back though.
Despite the challenges, the Organic Trade Association forecasts sales of organic foods will rise by 18 percent a year, on average, through 2010. The association expects its customer base to grow on the assumption that prices will drop and mainstream retailers will stock a wider variety of products.
A July 2008 survey found that among customers who reported buying organic products, 56 percent had household incomes of more than $100,000 and 36 percent had incomes of less than $25,000.
Still, shoppers at all income levels appear to be reducing purchases of organics these days. Even I find it hard to pay $7.99 for 4oz of organic blueberries.
Here are some foods that you don’t ‘have’ to buy organic because they have a very low pesticide rating.
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet corn (frozen)
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