Country Smallholding - - Spring News -

There was a 6 per cent growth in the UK’s or­ganic mar­ket last year, and the sec­tor is now worth £ 2.2 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to The Soil As­so­ci­a­tion. It said the mar­ket has now had six years of steady growth, with or­ganic ac­count­ing for 1.5% of the to­tal UK food and drink mar­ket.

2017 saw sales of or­ganic in in­de­pen­dent re­tail grow by 9.7%, and in home de­liv­ery by 9.5%, with al­most 30% of all or­ganic sales now tak­ing place on­line or on the high street. Su­per­mar­ket sales of or­ganic have also con­tin­ued to in­crease, ris­ing by 4.2%, while non or­ganic sales in­creased by just over 2%.

At the other end of the scale, how­ever, a study showed that peo­ple in the UK were shown to eat more ul­tra-pro­cessed foods than any other coun­try in Europe. Mean­while, a link be­tween highly pro­cessed foods and can­cer has been sug­gested by French re­searchers. The re­sults show that a 10 per cent in­crease in the pro­por­tion of ul­tra-pro­cessed foods in the diet was as­so­ci­ated with in­creases of 12 per cent in the risk of can­cer.

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