Growing number of Swedes go organic

Demand for organic food is growing in Sweden, with record sales recorded in 2013.

Sales of organic food reached nearly SEK 12 billion in 2013, up 13 percent from the previous year.

The growth stems from Swedes buying more organic food at grocery stores as well as wholesellers, restaurants and local governments purchasing more food produced in a sustainable way and without added chemicals or pesticides.

One reason behind the record figures could be due to 2013’s highly publicized food scandals. There were reports of pesticides tainting fruits and wines and horsemeat being mixed in with beef and pork.

“There’s a substantial group of consumers who are beginning to go from thinking about organic foods to actually buying them,” said Johan Cejie, sales manager at Krav, a Swedish organisation that sets organic standards and labeling.

However, high prices are still keeping some shoppers at bay.

Related Links:

Finland: Finns waste less food than other Nordic nations, Yle News

Sweden: Food more expensive in Sweden’s North: survey, Radio Sweden

United States: New effort to bring Native foods to plates across Alaska, Alaska Dispatch

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