Little data is available for the Argentine domestic organic market , as it is focused on export markets - EU, Americas etc. In 2007 major organic exports include cereals and oilseeds: corn, wheat, soy and sunflower. Fruits and vegetables also make up a part of Argentina's major organic exports: pears, apples, oranges, lemons, garlic onions and beans.
Exports of aromatic and medicinal plants are increasing. Argentina's also exports processed organic products such as olive oil, sugar, concentrated juices, honey and wine. Meat and organic wool continue to be exported. The national organic product market includes various different products of which vegetables fruits, oils, teas, breads, eggs, jams and organic milk are most produced
Consumer Preferences & Channels
In the Argentinean domestic market, many consumers are willing to pay higher prices for healthy products, i.e. organics, because they increase their utility level by reducing perceived health risks.
The main restrictions to domestic demand growth are the lack of information available to consumers, organic prices over those of conventional foods, and the erratic supply to the domestic market, since the organic products’ main target is the foreign market. Besides, many consumers do not trust the certification proceedings carried out by private certification agencies.
In 1992 SENASA published national legislation on organic production, which set out the minimum requirements for organic farming in Argentina (http://senasa.mecon.ar/calidad.htm).
During the following years, adjustments to this initial legislation have been made, as international standards have also developed. It should be noted that Argentina was among the first countries in the world with legislation on organic animal production. The Argentine rules are in general equivalent to the EC Regulation.
Imported products labelled as "organic" must come from a country whose organic standards have been evaluated by SENASA and found to be equivalent to the Argentine regulations on organic production. They must also be certified by any of the Argentine certifying agencies approved by SENASA prior to export.
Argentina is applying for equivalence to the US and to Japan.
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