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Record number of US organic producers

Record number of US organic producers

Published on Apr 05th, 2016

The number of domestic certified organic operations in the United States rose almost 12% between 2014 and 2015.

This represents the highest growth rate since 2008 and an increase of nearly 300% since the count began in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and based on data released by its Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP).

The total retail market for organic products in the US is now valued at more than $39 billion and over $75 billion worldwide, the USDA said.

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