U.S.-grown organic vegetable and fruit sales total $1.7 billion - The Packer

U.S.-grown organic vegetable and fruit sales total $1.7 billion

10/04/2012 04:34:00 PM
Andy Nelson

USDA logoMore than $1 billion worth of organic vegetables and about $620 million worth of organic fruits were harvested in the U.S. in 2011.

About 1,998 U.S. farms produced $1.07 billion worth of organic vegetables grown on 118,071 acres last year, according to the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

About 1,713 farms produced $495 million worth of non-berry fruits on 75,486 acres, according to the report.

Organic berry sales totaled $125 million, with 745 farms growing fruit on 6,051 acres.

California produced by far the most organic vegetables and fruits in 2011. Vegetable sales in the Golden State totaled $629 million, non-berry fruit sales $304 million and berry sales $88 million.

For a listing of sales, acreage and number of farms by commodity, visit http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/OrganicProduction/OrganicProduction-10-04-2012.pdf.

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Louise Helshaw    
October, 08, 2012 at 05:00 AM

I think growing your own organic vegetables is a great thing to do. Growing your own is so much healthier than supermarket rubbish. My dad is quite green-fingered and he pointed me to this website - http://green-energy-at-home.com/wp/your-own-organic-garden - that taught me all about growing organic vegetables at home.

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