Thursday, May 22, 2008

Small Farms are More Productive and Profitable

From the Organic Consumers Association e-newsletter's Sustainability Fact of the Week:

  • A 1,000 acre U.S. corporate farm growing genetically engineered crops nets an average of $39 an acre.
  • In contrast, a four-acre family farm nets, on average, $1,400 per acre.
  • Small organic farms are proving to be even more profitable. With oil prices on the rise, growing food without petroleum-based pesticides/fertilizers, and delivering that food to local markets will quickly prove to be the most affordable food available.

For more information see the abridged article on the OCA's website or the full article from the New York Times.

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Rebecca said...

I am not surprised by that. The CSA we belong to charges $500 for the season and this year there are 200 members, so we're talking about $100k for the year, before expenses. Plus, they sell extra produce to the local organic store as well as at least one restaurant. Now, their website claims that they have a 1 acre farm, but I find that to be an impossible statistic. We're going to the tour in a week, so we'll find out more.

Their's hope for our farm dreams, yet!