Did You Know…

October 21st, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Did You Know…

For your reading convenience, I’ve assembled some information about organic food, the environment, and our agricultural system in a one line – “Did You Know” format. It’s some pretty enlightening information. Enjoy the read.

– Did you know that there are currently 14,540 U.S. certified-organic farms and ranches spanning all 50 states, covering 4.8 million acres of U.S. land?

– Did you know that most organic producers sell their products locally, with 44 percent of sales taking place less than 100 miles from the farm?

– Did you know the percentage of U.S. food sales that are organic has now reached 3.7 percent, with organic fruits and vegetables now representing 11.4 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales?

– Did you know that nearly 128,500 acres of cropland and nearly 66,000 acres of pasture are currently being transitioned to organic production?

-Did you know that the U.S. accounts for about two-thirds of all the genetically modified crops planted throughout the world?

– Did you know it is estimated that less than one percent of insects are what would be classified as “farming pests?”

– Did you know that one teaspoon of compost-rich organic soil hosts over 600 million helpful bacteria from 15,000 species, while one teaspoon of chemically treated soil can host as few as 100 bacteria?

– Did you know that it takes approximately 3,000 years for nature to produce 6 inches of topsoil?

– Did you know that the average American exposes him or herself to 10-18 pesticide residues daily through the consumption of milk, tap water, and produce?

– Did you know that the U.S. agriculture industry uses about 800 million pounds of pesticides annually?

– Did you know that soil stores 10% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions?

– Did you know that homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers?

– Did you know that every week 330 farmers, on average, leave their land. As a result, there are now nearly five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930’s?