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Harvest Desk
2:06 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Harvest Blog: Certified Organic Food Sector Growing

Credit ams.usda.gov

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced new data on certified organic food, showing the industry grew just over four percent in 2013, with a record breaking 18,513 farms and businesses in the United States.

Certified organic food has seen a 245 percent increase since 2002, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service's National Organic Program.  Last year the federal government certified 763 producers.  

The following is from USDA: 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat July 1, 2006

Aisle of Opportunity: Consumers will gain options as superstores enter the organic food market

Grocery aisles offer something for everyone these days: low-sodium soup for adults with high blood pressure, gluten-free pasta for children with wheat allergies and "Certified Humane Raised and Handled" meats for animal lovers of all ages. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat July 1, 2006

Editor's Notebook: It's dinner time. Do you know where your food came from?

Peggy Boyer Long
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

My grandmother could kill half a dozen chickens in a matter of minutes. 

Bessie Revelle Dragoo had the strong arms of an Illinois farm woman, the ample waist of a good cook and the unsentimental manner that comes from being an old hand at getting the main course to the table. 

She could grab a hen by the head with one hand, swing the bird aloft in a wide arc, slam it onto a stump and bring an ax down with the other hand. 

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