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January 08, 2007

Organic food

Many people today are concerned with the quality of their food and with the way their food is produced. These concerns have given rise to the organic food industry that's growing quickly, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

"Its sales have gone up 600 percent in just the last eight years," says Dr. Walden, a professor of agricultural and resource economics. "But it still accounts for a relatively small amount of total food sales. Organic food accounts for about 2.5 percent of all total food sales.

"Now," he adds,"the demand for organically grown food has increased so fast in this country that we are actually importing some organically grown food.

"... Farmers thinking of going into this kind of food production need to carefully consider all the requirements and processes," Walden cautions. "Growing food organically is much different than growing food in the traditional way."

Posted by deeshore at January 8, 2007 09:57 AM