The organic food industry has been growing remarkably for the past several years. The market has grown by 30% in value since the year 1997-98 and again by 32.6% in the year 2001-02. According to Nutrition Business Journal of San Diego, California, U.S. consumer sales of organic food in 2003 was $7.9 billion as compared to the sales in 1997 at $3.7 billion. The market for organic foods and beverages is still growing at a rapid pace and is expected to generate sales of $32.3 billion by 2009, according to a new report from 'Packaged Facts'. Against the 2 to 3 percent growth in the conventional food industry, the organic industry has been experiencing annual growth between 17 and 22 percent over the past several years.