Food Innovation Center

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Does Organic Mean Local?

Columbus, Ohio - Food Innovation Center member Dr. Neal Hooker researched trends in the U.S. organic food market and found organic does not always mean local, creating competition for local organic farmers.

Hooker identifies areas where organic production and third-party certifiers are concentrated. The findings from this study suggests that if trends for organic production continue in only certain concentrated areas, organic food will less likely be local unless it is from a high organic production area. If this trend continues, then locally produced organic foods will face higher competition from larger organic distributors. Read more.