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  1. 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.
  2. It takes approximately 3,000 years for nature to produce 6 inches of topsoil.
  3. Did you know that if you consumed an average apple you would be eating over 30 pesticides, even after you have washed it?
  4. 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.
  5. Most organic producers sell their products locally, with 44 percent of sales taking place less than 100 miles from the farm.
  6. The majority, or 54 percent, of organic food sales occurred at mainstream supermarkets in 2009.
  7. U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $24.8 billion in 2009.
  8. Overall, certified organic cropland and pasture accounted for about 0.6 percent of U.S. total farmland in 2009.
  9. 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.
  10. Nearly 128,500 acres of cropland and nearly 66,000 acres of pasture are currently being transitioned to organic production.
  11. The U.S. accounts for about two-thirds of all the genetically modified crops planted throughout the world.
  12. It's estimated that less than one percent of insects are what would be classified as "farming pests."
  13. One teaspoon of compost-rich organic soil hosts over 600 million helpful bacteria from 15,000 species. One teaspoon of chemically treated soil can host as few as 100 bacteria.
  14. The average American exposes him or herself to 10-18 pesticide residues daily through the consumption of milk, tap water, and produce.
  15. The U.S. agriculture industry uses about 800 million pounds of pesticides annually.
  16. Soil stores 10% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
  17. Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.