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