February 14, 2011
In 2008, the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA (USDA-NASS) conducted a very detailed and comprehensive survey of Organic agriculture in the US. It was published last year but got little notice. It is interesting to study the data and to compare it to the equivalent statistics that are available for the rest of agriculture.
Considering all the buzz around Organic, perhaps the most striking thing in the data is how small Organic remains after decades of "rapid growth." As of 2008, actual harvested Organic cropland represented only 0.52 percent of US cropland. There were only a few specialty crops where the Organic sector represented more than 2 percent of the total.
Why would a small organic sector be a "Good Thing?"
For an extended period from the early eighties until around 2007, it seemed to many that we had all the farming productivity that we needed.
For complete article, see: Why the Tiny Scale of U.S. Organic Could Be a Good Thing
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