Organic Food statistics

I saw this article that appeared in the Nov. 2017 issue of the Farm Journal. The article is entitled, Organic Production on the Rise. By John Maday. 
I would like to summarize the article to give you a perspective. 
In 2016 produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities. This figure is up by 23% from the previous year. Certified organic farms increased by 11% to 14,217 farms and the acreage increased by 15% to 5 million acres. Of course, this publication deals mostly with field crops, so they focus on field crop production and they are saying that 7,400 farms planted 1.68 million acres of organic field crops for 2016, with a production value of $762 million. The figures for 2015 were 1.46 million acres with a production value of $660 million. An acreage was not given for 2015. They don't give the breakdown of the other commodities but you can run some numbers and see that the field crops was about 10 cents on the dollar of the whole. The "other" would be vegetables, meat, eggs, meat, etc. 

The field crops are listed as follows; 3,275 farms grew corn, which leads the way of organic field crop production, 213,934 acres with a value of $163.9 million.  Next is just under 4,000 acres of organic hay with a value of $130 million. Organic Soybeans come in next at 1,748 farms at 124,591 acres at a value of $78.5 million. Next is Organic wheat at 336,550 acres on 1,139 farms with a value of $107 million.  The last field crop listed is Organic Cotton. There were 336 producing farms with all but one located in Texas. They harvested 14,599 acres at a value of $8.2 million. 

Now the state by state breakdown. The interesting thing here is that 10 states account for 77% of the organic sales in the US. Here are those estates. Although some states have a very high dollar amount of sales, that can be slightly misleading, so I have broken it down by a per capita sales for those top 10 states. The figure was with 2016 and in some cases 2017 population estimates. But we are looking at perspective OK? 
#1- Washinton state comes in at  $85.88.
#2- Oregon state comes in at  $85.75
#3- California state comes in at $73.07.
#4- Wisconsin state comes in at $44.13. 
#5- Colorado state comes in at $32.67.
#6- Michigan state comes in at $20.18.
#7- North Carolina comes in at  $14.29. 
#8- New York state comes in at  $10.88.
#9- Texas state comes in at  $10.66.
#10- Pennsylvania state comes in at $5.15. 

Another main point that they made in the article is that every area of crop production has seen significant growth year over year.
One of the big points of the pro-GMO people make is that in order to feed the world, we have to have significant gains in production. This is a talking point that is really very inaccurate. The real problem is distribution. Politics and Politicians are the main barriers to distribution. At the present time in the non-organic world, there is so much supply that the prices are going for the gutter. In every area of production, there are not enough sales at an above break-even price to sustain long-term viability. A lot of production has been cut back and a lot more will be cut back from the way it appears at the present time. But yet, on the other hand, Organic production and sales are growing by leaps and bounds. So what does that tell you? 

Here in the US, we will be seeing the one major corporation that is at the forefront of the GMO development being bought out by a foreign government. They plan to push it even more aggressively. They have indicated that there will be some name changes, but that and other plans won't be announced until later in the month, (Jan 2018). 
So interesting developments.

 

Kent King