The demand for organic packaged foods is increasing by 30% during the first week of April 2020. However, according to Yelp’s Coronavirus Impact Report 2020, it is just a start as consumption of community-supported agriculture is the second category to get boom after health and fitness. The speed is so fast that it is growing more every couple of hours.
They fear that locally handled food items have more chances to carry coronavirus is leading to a high demand for pre-packaged foods with government certification regarding the observance of safety rules. Some have been realizing the importance of organic foods for health reasons, but they couldn’t switch to them for one reason or the other. It is their time to start preferring organic foods over conventional ones. One thing is sure that organic packaged foods contain the least amount of poisons and pesticides which are frequently used by most of the farmers.
The Forbes takes this factor into account as:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There is likely to be an increase in demand for organic food, vegan, vegetarian and other healthy foods as a result of the pandemic. Coronavirus poses a significant risk to those with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as well as those who are overweight and obese. The value of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables in the management of these conditions is well documented. The March performance of organic food companies such as Nourish Organics, which experienced an increase in sales of approximately 30 per cent and the surge in demand for organic vegetable box delivery in the United Kingdom are evidence of this trend.”
It has become a standard reporting that the patients already having cardiovascular, diabetes, hypertension and respiratory are more prone to attract COVID-19. However, according to a “Report on patients critically ill with COVID-19” in the United Kingdom, 2/3 of the patients going to critical conditions are obese or at least overweight.
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Some other sources show that the fatality rate for obese or overweight people with COVID-19 is about 76%. We have frequently been observing that organic foods are much better as far as weight control is concerned. Click here to know some studies.
So, when people prefer organic packaged foods over the conventional ones, it proves their wisdom even before these stats surfaced. The scientists have been warning against any slimming program for quick weight loss during this pandemic as it can compromise your immunity. On the other hand, adding more volume of fresh and organic fruits in your food may improve your immune system.
There is no proof yet that Coronavirs can transmit through food. However, people prefer organic packaged foods to avoid human handling at local stores. They also want to know which pre-packaged foods involve the least human touch. It is even better if the packaged foods contain government certification for the adoption of safety notified measures.
This trend shall force the packaging industry to bring more automation and robots to avoid human touch. This trend is going to grow further, and the organic packaged foods with ultimate safety measures are going to capture more market in the coming months.
Interestingly, the lockdown has forced the people to re-think of their living and eating styles. According to Daily Mail U.K, people are visiting home gardening websites more frequently ever. It has also reported that many seed selling companies are failing to meet the demand of the people for more seeds.
For consumers, it seems an excellent opportunity to go for organic fruits and vegetables. It is even more secure to grow plants in their houses. It shall not save them money in the coming days but also help them to contribute to environmental improvement as well as protecting their health.
Forbes also reports that “32 per cent of adults plan to eat at restaurants less often after COVID-19 pandemics. With many restaurants closed and supermarket shelves bare, and with heightened concerns around food safety, home cooking is making a comeback.”
It is better for them not only during COVID-19 but also afterwards to stay healthy. There are cheap or even free recipes to convert simple green vegetables and meat into tasty food with optimum safety measures.
The coronavirus has changed the world, and this trend is going to stay for some time. The apprehensions regarding round-II of the pandemic may clear the direction in the coming days.
Source of Food is Major Concern
Yelp’s Coronavirus Impact Report reveals that the consumers are more interested ever to know the source of food which they are desirous of taking their home. Mostly prefer the foodstuff of which origin they know or at least recommended by some local friend. That’s why the report shows about a 500% increase in the demand for local farms or community-supported agricultural products. Doctors’ advice for healthy and nourishing foods is also playing an essential role in this kind of food selection.
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