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Organic Expansion

With total revenues of $15 billion in 2005, the entire industry is still smaller than McDonald's. But at 20% per year, it's growing like a weed. A six-year snapshot of a very fertile market.

Number of Organic Farm Animals

  1997 2000 2003
Beef Cattle 4,429 13,829 27,285
Milk Cows 12,897 38,196 74,435
Laying Hens 537,826 1,113,746 1,591,181
Broiler Chickens 38,285 1,924,807 6,301,014


Acres of Organic Crops

  1997 2000 2003
Carrots 3,323 5,665 7,943
Lettuce 5,743 11,410 11,930
Apples 8,846 9,270 13,902
Corn 42,703 77,912 105,574
Wheat 125,687 181,262 234,221
Total Cropland 850,173 1,218,905 1,451,601

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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