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Georgia Conference Highlights Growth And Challenges Of Organic Farming

February 16, 2010: 07:16 AM EST
A recent conference sponsored by Georgia Organics celebrated the tremendous growth and future opportunities in organic and sustainable farming, but also shed light on some problems that need to be addressed. For example, the number of organic growers in Georgia has more than doubled in recent years, and certified organic acreage has increased 900 percent. But organic farming constitutes only one percent of total vegetable production and 80 percent of what Georgians spend on food every year goes to out-of-state producers. Other problems: getting locally-grown food products to market, complying with costly, burdensome safety regulations, and relying too heavily on nonrenewable energy sources.
Melissa Link, "Conference highlights organic foods", Online Athens Banner-Herald, February 16, 2010, © OnlineAthens • Athens Banner-Herald
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