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February 16, 2010

Fewer than 1% of American farms are organic

The USDA has released a survey finding fewer than 1% of all American farms are organic. From the USDA press release:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 – The nation’s organic farms and ranches have higher average sales and higher average production expenses than U.S. farms overall, according to results of the 2008 Organic Production Survey. . . .

“This was USDA’s first wide-scale survey of organic producers, and it was undertaken in direct response to the growing interest in organics among consumers, farmers, businesses, policymakers and others,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “The information being released today will be an important building block for future program and policy development.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that

While organic products have been one of the hottest growing areas in the supermarket, the USDA survey found that they were still a tiny enterprise in the farm belt. . . .

This post was contributed by William Mitchell College of Law student Hiep Phung.  Mr. Phung is a student of Professor Donna M. Byrne.

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Here's wishing there will be more. Farmers, growers, gardeners, everyone should realize the difference they can make by gardening organically.

Posted by: Nova @ Organic Home Garden | Mar 4, 2010 3:52:14 PM

What is the point? Is 1% today good or bad, especially when compared to the past? I would guess the 1% is artificually low because there are a huge number of small farms that meet or are close to meeting certified organic standards but don't feel that going through the certification process is worth it.

Posted by: Peter Konecny | Mar 9, 2010 2:02:06 PM

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Posted by: Peter Konecny | Mar 9, 2010 2:10:31 PM

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