Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Is Organic Growing the Key to Boosting the Economy?

"If you have five acres in the backyard and a Rototiller, you can make a living in organic farming, according to Luke Howard.

Howard is chairman of the Maryland Agricultural Commission, a 30-member panel made up of a cross section of farmers that advises the state agriculture secretary on farm issues. He is an organic farmer and also serves as the industry's representative on the commission.

"The organic food industry is growing rapidly and has been growing rapidly for many years," said Howard. "We have been seeing 17 percent to 25 percent growth nationally and in Maryland the past 10 years. Global sales now top $22 billion annually."

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