With more than 17 million hectares devoted to growing certified organic produce — more than any other nation — Australia is a “green food” economic powerhouse.
There’s big money being made in organic dairy, fruit, vegetables and processed foods. Australian organics exports more than doubled in value between 2012 and 2014, and the entire industry is worth more than $1.7 billion.
On the surface, it seems like the whole planet gains from this enterprise: organic farming, we assume, is better for consumer health, animals and the planet. As with many assumptions, this one deserves further scrutiny.