For all the complaints about organics, production and sales are booming. USDA economists in the Economic Research Service (ERS) keep track of such things and have just produced tables that display the growth in organic production from 1992 to 2008. Organic crop and pasture lands still comprise less than 1% of the total in the U.S., but this will surely increase.
I think it’s interesting that the ERS sites do not link to the National Organic Program (NOP) itself. This is, no doubt, because the NOP is housed in a different part of USDA, the Agricultural Marketing Service. Whether any of that makes sense is something one hopes will be considered in the next Farm Bill.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Anderson. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Anderson at 2:25 p.m.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”