Health and Economic Benefits of Organic and Clean Produce Recognized

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Original Article posted at The Idaho State Journal

The benefits of organic produce

The organic industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States food industry. Organic food sales grew 11 percent to almost US $40 billion in 2015, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), while the food market as a whole had a 3 percent growth rate.

This growth is partly because organic crops command a premium price over conventional crops—as demand for organic food rises, so does the interest in organic production from farmers and producers.

For the first time, there is now evidence linking organic agriculture and economic health. Today, OTA released new research finding that organic agriculture boosts local economies and that organic production creates long-lasting regional economic opportunities.

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The white paper, titled “U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies,” was compiled for the OTA by Dr. Edward Jaenicke, an Agricultural Economist at Pennsylvania State University.

It finds that organic hotspots—defined as counties with high levels of agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity—boost median household incomes by an average of… see the entire article.


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