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Organic Farming Gains New Ground

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GOOD NEWS: The amount of available organic farmland in the United States has hit an all-time high. Per data furnished by the USDA, as recently as 2015 records highs for organic farming peaked with over 4.4 million acres being available and used for one aspect of farming or another.

Approximately 55{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4} of this arable land is being used for crop cultivation; the other 45{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4} reserved for pastures, or wide open ranges. Although organic farming continues to gain ground, the United States still cultivated over 175 million crops compromised by GMO’s, maintaining its place as the world’s largest producer of GMO crops. As more countries continue to place bans on GMO compromised crops, the organic farming industry appears ready to make a resounding rebound, which should result in greater transition to GMO-free crop cultivation.

The United States is currently unable to meet the demand of citizen’s looking for all-organic foods. This has caused several food production companies to consider importing organic crops, as well as animal feed, from countries that have already banned all GMO crop cultivation, which is why organic food costs continue to escalate. Thankfully, it looks as if US farmers are wising up to the idea of organic, and looking forward to helping meet organic food demands.

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A recent survey conducted by the USDA discovered the following data on organic farming:

States with the most organic farmland:
1. California—790,000 arable acres
2. Alaska—695,000 arable acres
3. Montana—251,000 arable acres
4. New York—239,000 arable acres
5. Wisconsin—210,000 arable acres
6. Oregon—176,000 arable acres
7. Idaho—167,000 arable acres
8. Colorado—152,000 arable acres

Although the states listed above were found to have the most arable acreage under production, they were not the same states that led the way in sales of organic food, which has seen a significant increase recently with an average 13{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4} rise in 2014 consisting of more than $2.4 billion in total sales. The states listed below had the highest amount of organic food sales, crops, livestock and poultry products included.

States leading organic food sales:
1. California–$2.436 billion
2. Washington–$626 million
3. Pennsylvania–$332 million
4. Oregon–$269 million
5. Wisconsin–$222 million
6. New York–$221 million
7. Texas–$210 million
8. Michigan–$187 million
9. Colorado–$155 million
10. Arizona–$129 million

Organic Produce Sales Leaders:
1. Dairy Products; milk & eggs–$1.911 billion
2. Vegetables–$1.435 billion
3. Fruits/Nuts/Berries–$1.203 billion
4. Livestock & Poultry–$743 million
5. Field Crops (Used to make Animal Feed)–$660 million
6. Mushrooms–$96 million

Financial Losses from GMO Contamination:
32 farms in the United States lost a combined total of $520,671 from crops cultivated on their land which were found to have been compromised by GMO material.

The Future is Organic Farming:
Each year more than a thousand farms around the world make the transition to organic crop cultivation. As more citizens become health-conscious they demand organic produce. As such more countries continue to ban GMO cultivation, and farmers continue to try and balance supply and demand schedules. Organic appears to be the farming choice of the future, and rightfully so. When performed correctly, organic crop cultivation utilizes the entire eco-system, in which crops, insects, and climate work with each other, rather than against each other. If you’re not growing organic heirloom crops right now, shouldn’t you be?

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