With changing consumer perception in favour of organic products, increasing numbers of humans are choosing to follow special diets, opting to eat organic to reduce disease, cleanse their system and improve vitality.
Organic products include food and drink, medicines, herbals, textiles, etc., grown or produced without chemicals, synthetic fertilizers / pesticides / other synthetic inputs, etc. Last year, Sikkim was declared 100 percent organic by the Indian government, while Kerala has over 70% of farm products produced through organic methods. India has the world's highest number of organic producers at 650,000.
- In 2015-16, India ranked 15th in terms of the world's organic area under cultivation (1.49 million hectares cultivated, and 4.22 million hectares of forest and wild areas) certified as organic
- In 2015-16, India produced around 1.35 million MT of certified organic products (including fruit and vegetables, coffee and tea, cereals & millets, cotton, dry fruit, medicinal plants, oil seeds, pulses, spices, sugarcane, etc.)
- During 2015-16, India exported 263,687 MT of organic edible products worth US$ 298 million to Australia, Canada, the EU, Korea, Middle East, New Zealand, South Africa, South East Asia, Switzerland, US, etc.)
- Organic fiber / clothing are made from buckwheat, cotton, jute, kapok, silk, ramie, wool, etc., grown in compliance with organic standards
- India is the world's largest producer of organic cotton grown by over 200 producer groups, covering almost 45% of the total area under
- Increasing awareness for social and environmental issues among consumers and companies has led to strong growth of the organic cotton market over the past decade
- The National Program for Organic Production (NPOP) has developed the Indian Standard for Organic Textiles (ISOT)
- During 2004 to 2011, the area of organic vineyards in India tripled from 88,000 to 256,000 hectares.