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Organic agriculture

General agriculture


In 2008 approximatly 1.9 million hectares (4.8 million acres) of agricultural land were under organic management in the United States. These data are based on the information of the certifiers., collected by the Economic Research Service ERS of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

In the framework of the 2007 agricultural survey, for the first time organic data were collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service NASS. According to this census, 4.1 million acres were managed organically in 2008. The difference with the ERS data may be explained by the fact that only farms over a certain size were included.

Market data

Growth of the US market for organic food 1997-2008. Source: OTA. Data 2007 according to USDA. Graph, FiBL, CH-Frick

Legislation: The US National Organic Programme

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.


Farm Bill 2008


Further agripolicy links

United States of America at Organic-World.net

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