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What is organic farming? Important Facts Benefits for growers & consumers Some important facts you should know about organic farming: • Consumer demand for organically grown foods and livestock products are increasing. Sales of organic products are the fastest growing sector of agriculture. Sales continue to grow by over 20% annually and have shown an annual increase of at least 20% during the last 6 years. • Over the next 10 years analysts are projecting total sales of organic products to exceed one hundred billion dollars worldwide. The vast majority of growth will in occur in the United States, Japan and throughout Europe. (Source – IFOAM, International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement) • Large corporations such as McDonalds (with organic milk being sold in Sweden), Lufthansa, Swiss Air and Nestlé are positioning their products and services to cater to the organic consumer. • Thousand of corporations are targeting consumers worldwide by adding organic foods to their product lines. • Since October of 2002,organic farms must undergo an annual inspection by a licensed Certifier to determine if the they’re operating oper ating under specific guidelines to be certified as producing organic foods and livestock. • Organic farming can actually save farmers money and give them significantly better returns on land and resource utilization as compared to conventional farming. Conventional farming uses more petroleum than any other industry and consumes almost 12% of the United States energy supply. • It can take up to five years for a conventional farm to convert to organic farming. • If a product falls under 100% Organic Certification, you can be assured that there are no GMOs (Genetically Modified Foods) in that product. • It’s estimated that conventional farmers use over 300 different pesticides to grow (non-organic) foods which are sold in virtually all supermarkets worldwide. • Organic Aquaculture worldwide is a booming business. Over 20% of all shellfish, an estimated 15 trillion metric tons are produced by Organic Aquaculture Farmers. China is the largest producer of these products. (Source – www.mindfully.org) Aside from these known facts and current statistics on organic farming, there are numerous inherent benefits that both the organic farmers and consumers of their products produ cts receive to improve on health, quality of life and longevity. Learn about Benefits to Growers and Consumers >>> Copyright © 2003 Yelm Earthworm & Castings Farm

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