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
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.