Who's Growing An Organic Garden? America, That's Who!
There’s a boom happening all over the United States of America. Right now hundreds of Americans are getting the case of organic green thumb and planting their own organic gardens. From first time gardeners to new organic gardeners, more and more health and environment conscious Americans are switching from popular growing methods to the all natural organic farming.
Why America's Growing Organic Gardens
This isn’t happening by chance as well. There are some real reasons why people are suddenly interested in and planting organic crops and raising livestock without the use of chemicals and artificial feeds.
Yes, the problem with the economy remains a major concern of Americans all over the country. With the uncertainty of the country’s economic health, people are finding more ways to save their money. One of the ways that they decided on is to grow their own garden – and to grow it organic. By raising crops the natural way, gardeners didn’t have to pay the extra cost of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Organic food is nutritious and doesn’t expose consumers to traces of harmful chemicals. These are two health benefits for the price of one. By keeping their bodies fed with nutritious organic food, these gardeners are also making sure that they don’t pay for an unhealthy diet in the future. It’s an investment that saves both money and body.
A lot of people want to develop a connection with nature and the land, and what better way to do that than by planting your own organic garden. Organic gardens are great ways of minimizing the ecological footprint that you leave. Since you’re already growing your garden, you hardly need to drive to the grocery store to buy your food. You don’t even have to have your food delivered to the grocery store as well since you’re producing and harvesting your own food. Also, since you aren’t using pesticides or herbicides, you’re making sure that the environment and other creatures are safe from these harmful chemical substances.
New Organic Gardeners Growing
Because of these reasons, a lot of non-organic farmers are now planting more and more organic gardens and farms. In fact, from 2002 to 2007 alone, there has been an increase of total land acreage of 76% -- from of 1,299,632 acres to 2,655,382 acres, according to the USDA. This shows that new organic growers are increasing because the land area used for organic farms and gardens are increasing as well.
First Time Gardeners
Likewise the number of first time organic gardeners and organic producers also increased dramatically in the recent years. From 7,323 certified organic growers in 2007, the number of first time producers and growers increased from the said number to 12,941 farmers in 2008. That’s nearly 6,000 new gardeners according to the USDA.
Obviously, America and Americans are slowly changing the way they view and appreciate organic food and organic farms. This continuing development will only increase awareness of and the supply of healthy organic food in the market.
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