Led by fresh produce, exports of New Zealand organic foods and beverages increased by $100 million between 2002 and 2009, and the organic sector contributed $485 million to the New Zealand economy in 2009.

Those are among the findings of a new study by researchers at New Zealand’s University of Otago, according to a story at the Web site www.voxy.co.nz.
Organic exports jumped from $70 million in 2002 to $170 million in 2009, according to the study.

Fruits and vegetables are New Zealand’s main organic export, accounting for $86 million of the 2009 total, according to researchers.

Europe receives about 37% of New Zealand’s organic exports and North America 22%.