Organic Farms

The organic food and beverage industry has grown dramatically in recent years from approximately $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010, according to the Organic Trade Association. Also highlighting the organic revolution, organic-crop and livestock land production has expanded from approximately 914,800 acres in 1995, to more than 4.8 millon acres in 2008 and is expected to keep growing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA also finds that by 2008 there were 12,941 certified organic farm and livestock operations, not including subcontractors, up from 8,493 just three years earlier. U.S. exports of organic products totaled $1.7 billion in 2009. The European Union, which accounts for 20 percent of the world’s organic land has also seen explosive growth in organic land use, and it is increasing even in the midst of austerity measure being enacted among the 27 member countries. Japan is also growing its organic industries. Organic products are able to command premium prices not only in the United States but worldwide. Don’t be left behind; humate should be a part of your organic plan.