Supercool maps of organic hotspots vs. all farming in the US
Step up, Florida: The Times has an attention-grabbing series of U.S. maps comparing the clustering of organic farms with the locations of all farm operations across the country. It won't surprise anyone that the bulk of organic farms are concentrated on the West Coast, in the Northeast, and around the Great Lakes. The clusters match up well with the clusters of other farms in general, but we noticed one glaring exception: Florida, which has lots of orchards and some vegetable farms (such as worker-abusing tomato ones), but very few organic farms. Some sobering or exciting stats, depending on whether you're an optimist or pessimist: organic vegetables now account for 5% of all vegetable sales, and organic dairies (the fastest-growing sector) now produce 1% of U.S. milk. (New York Times)
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