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US organic retail sales worth $35bn in 2013, says USDA

By Elaine WATSON , 21-Mar-2014
Last updated on 14-Apr-2014 at 20:59 GMT

US organic retail sales valued at $35bn in 2013, says USDA

US retail sales of organic products were worth $35bn in 2013, according to new data from USDA, which says it helped an additional 763 producers become certified organic in 2013, up 4.2% from the previous year. 

Today there are 18,513 certified organic farms and businesses in the US, representing a 245% increase since 2002, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past decade. With retail sales valued at $35bn last year, the organic industry represents a tremendous economic opportunity for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.” 

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