Posted November 11, 2019 15:15:30In Australia, where chicken production is based on genetic engineering and organic farming methods, there is a huge market for organic chicken farming.
But is it really so easy to find organic farms?
In fact, finding organic farms is so difficult that many people have decided to not buy their chickens at all.
A recent report by Australian researchers found that only 0.6 per cent of Australian organic chicken farms are certified organic.
The researchers from the University of New South Wales found that “in the three years prior to this survey, no poultry farms in Australia had been certified organic.”
A spokesperson for the Australian Egg Industry Association (AEMIA), which represents the poultry industry, said that the lack of organic certification “does not affect our supply chain and the quality of the products we are able to supply to the Australian market.”AEMAA chief executive officer Stephen Smith said the group does not support a boycott of organic poultry products, but rather “we encourage the public to educate themselves about the quality and safety of organic chicken.”
According to the AEMAA, Australia is home to one of the most prolific organic chicken producers in the world, which produces more than 3 million chickens per year.
But it is not just organic chicken that Australian consumers want to eat.
According to a study by consumer research firm Euromonitor, organic chicken consumption increased from 10.5 per cent in 2013 to 13.4 per cent this year.
The report found that the demand for organic poultry is also growing in China, India and Turkey.
The AEMIA said that it would like to see more Australian farmers adopting organic methods and sourcing from more sustainable and ethical farming practices.
In the United States, a study released in 2017 found that organic food consumption has grown by more than 30 per cent over the last 10 years.
And organic chicken, in particular, has been growing rapidly in popularity.EURomonitor’s study found that there were 1.1 million organic chicken eggs sold last year, which is up from less than 500,000 organic eggs sold in 2015.