Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, Discusses Increase in Organic Farmers’ Income Last Year

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Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses a new study from the University of Minnesota, which reveals many organic farmers are seeing an increase in income.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, responds to a study from the University of Minnesota that reveals many organic farmers are seeing an increase in income.

According to a September 3rd, 2013 article published by CBS Minnesota titled “Organic Farmers’ Income Doubled in 2012,” a study compiled by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found that Minnesotan organic farmers saw an increase in profitability. Last year, their median net income doubled, “increasing to about $85,000 per year compared to only 38,000 the previous year.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, credits this increase, to the heightened awareness of the benefits of organic farming. “It has been made known that most organic produce is a fresher and healthier alternative to foods produced by conventional farming practices,” he says.

Christina Nicholson, operations manager at St. Paul’s Mississippi Market, a natural foods coop that specializes in organically produced foods, agrees with van den Bossche. “It’s greener, it’s fresher and it’s grown closer to home so families are buying more of it,” she says. “When that all comes together it drives what I think is a healthier economy.”

van den Bossche hopes that this increase in profitability will inspire other organic farmers to jump on the bandwagon. “Some conventional farmers are deterred from making that transition over to organic because an organic certification can be pricey,” he says. “However, if farmers can see that is money to be made, they may be encouraged to implement more organic practices.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.
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