According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, organic agriculture accounts for 1.5 percent of Israeli agriculture overall and 15 percent of Israeli agricultural exports. Of the 13,100 independent farmers in Israel, just 500 are organic.
Together the organic farms use 70,000 dunams, or about 17,300 acres, of land. 95 % of production is for the Israel export market.
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Israeli demand for organic food is rising but it still accounts for about one percent of total retail food sales in Israel, according to the USDA.
The Israeli organic food market is valued at $50 million annually (including exports). Of the total local organic production, 80 percent ($40 million) is for export and the remainder for the local market. Recently the Israeli parliament approved an organic law (S.I. number- 1315). Official inspectors will inspect all organic food products. In addition, the local organic planted area and organic livestock will be inspected. Labelling of all organic food products is required. Livestock products must be compliant with generic Kosher legal requirements
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