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3 Stocks to Rise From the Appetite for Healthier Foods

There is a growing trend in this country toward eating healthier in general and, specifically, toward eating organic, and investors should take note.

Consumer demand in this segment has grown by double digits just about every year since 1990, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Between 1997 and 2015, sales of organic products increased from $3.6 billion to $43.3 billion and don't show signs of slowing down.

Below, we take a look at the stocks of three companies that could create growth in investors' portfolios over the next three to five years.

Organic agriculture, which is governed by strict government standards, requires that products bearing its label are produced without the use of toxic pesticides or synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, sewage sludge or irradiation.

Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored production system in the U.S., according to the OTA.

Here is an example of the process: Certified organic cheese must start with organic milk from a certified organic cow. The organic cow can't be given growth hormones or antibiotics, and its feed must be 100% organic.

Organic feed comes from land not treated with any prohibited substances (e.g., synthetic fertilizers and most synthetic pesticides) for at least three years prior to harvest. The land must be managed in a way that maintains soil fertility and minimizes erosion, while distinct and defined boundaries make sure that prohibited substances don't come into contact with organic fields.

The animal must graze on organic pastures for the entire grazing season, which is at least 120 days a year, and receive at least 30% of its nutrition from pasture during the grazing season.