Organic Farming: Demand Outpaces Production

Organic acreage expands rapidly in the U.S. but still tallies less than half a percent of total agricultural land.

According to the most recent USDA statistics, certified organic farm land increased 63% from 1997 to 2003—a faster rate than the 45% growth from 1992 to 1997. In California, California Certified Organic Farmers Inc. (CCOF), which certifies approximately three-quarters of the state’s organic acreage, reported that in 2005 it newly certified 46,000 organic acres, up 27% from 2004. Most of the California growth was in pasture and rangeland. “The spike of acreage we’re seeing is

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