• • • Organic food booms in France, except for cereals
More and more French people are eating organic food. Sales of organic food were worth 8.3 billion euros in 2017, a rise of 17 percent on the previous year, largely thanks to their increased availability in supermarkets.
Organic food is no longer a preserve of the middle classes, with 85 percent of consumers telling a recent opinion poll they think the development of organic farming is important. They can now find it more easily with supermarkets now all stocking organic groceries – sales up 27 percent – and fruit – sales up 22 percent.
That development is not without its problems, however. Some chains sell organic goods at nearly the same price as non-organic, putting pressure on growers whose costs are higher, which may discourage other farmers to convert to green production.