Facts 'n Stats

Starting a discussion about organic food and our food system can be a powerful way to get your friends and family more involved with the growing food movement. These "Facts 'n' Stats" are great conversation-starters that will get people thinking (and talking!) about the important issues:

Organic Food

  • The U.S. organic industry grew by nearly 8% in 2010, to reach $28.6 billion in sales (Organic Trade Association, 2011 Organic Industry Survey)
  • 78% of U.S. families purchase at least some organic foods (Organic Trade Association, 2011 U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study)
  • Less than 1% of U.S. farmland is certified organic (USDA Economic Research Service)
Food & Health
  • Annual health care costs associated with obesity total about $147 billion (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • 2 out of 3 U.S. adults are overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • 1 out of 3 U.S. children are overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Farm bill spending does not reflect public health priorities: over $33 billion is spent on commodity crops, while only $4.3 billion goes to fruits, nuts and vegetables (FoodTech Connect, A Clean Bill of Health)
  • 78% of poll respondents said making nutritious and healthy foods more affordable and more accessible should be a top priority in the next farm bill (David & Lucile Packard Foundation)
Local Food & Healthy Food Access
  • The number of farmers markets in the U.S. increased 17% between 2010 and 2011 alone, up to 7,175 (USDA, National Directory of Farmers Markets)
  • Marketing of local foods grossed $4.8 billion in 2008 (USDA Economic Research Service)
  • In 2010, 14.5% of households were "food insecure" at least some time during that year, meaning occupants do not always have enough food to meet basic needs (USDA Economic Research Service)
  • Over 46 million Americans currently receive SNAP benefits (formerly known as "food stamps") (USDA Food and Nutrition Service)
  • Less than 20% of farmers markets have EBT terminals (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)
  • SNAP transactions at farmers markets accounted for a mere 0.008% of total SNAP transactions nationwide in 2009 (Community Food Security Coalition)
  • 77% of Americans want more information about the food they buy (IBM)
Factory Farms & Food Industry Consolidation
  • The total number of animals on factory farms grew by 5 million, or more than 20%, between 2002 and 2007 (Food & Water Watch)
  • Slaughterhouses can process up to 400 cattle per hour (Fast Food Nation)
  • There are 5 times as many hogs as people in Iowa, the #1 pork producing state in the U.S. (Iowa Pork Producers Association)
  • More than 80% of U.S. beef cattle are slaughtered by just 4 companies (Mary Hendrickson & William Heffernan, Concentration of Agricultural Markets, 2007)
  • The top 5 food retailers capture half of all grocery sales, double the share they held in 1997 (Grist.org)
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commented 2016-03-11 20:55:01 -0800 · Flag
Organic cuts across all regions, all ages, all income groups, all states whether they’re red states or blue states. Organic is the face of America.”
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commented 2016-03-08 02:29:38 -0800 · Flag
According to the USDA, organic products have “been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.”7 The national organic standards forbid the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, and grains. Organic meat and poultry can’t be irradiated. The animals must have access to the outdoors, and they can’t be given any growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs. All feed must be 100% organic, with no animal by-products.
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