May 6, 2014

Organic farms growing fast. 40% of these farms account for 97% of all organic sales in the US

Vox  - The USDA recently released its latest Census of Agriculture, and among the more startling findings was that sales of organic goods are exploding. Between 2007 and 2012, the USDA found, US farms' total organic sales grew from an inflation-adjusted $1.9 billion in 2007 to $3.1 billion in 2012. That's growth of more than 60 percent in just five years.

What the numbers show is that organics is big business; just 40 percent of these farms account for 97 percent of all organic sales in the US, meaning the humble farmers selling organic bell peppers and zucchini at your local farmers' market are making only a tiny fraction of the total US organic haul.

That explosion of big organic farms has helped the average amount of sales per farm to soar above $200,000. That means the average annual take per organic farm has outstripped the average for all US farms together.