U.S. organic trade highlighted

appleThe latest edition of Amber Waves published by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) includes an article entitled “U.S. Organic Trade Includes Fresh Produce Exports and Tropical Imports.”  Written by ERS economist Catherine Greene, it points out that fresh and chilled fruits and vegetables accounted for over 90 percent of the United States’ $537 million in organic export sales in 2013. The top three organic exports in value were apples, lettuce, and grapes. The top organic imports in 2013 were mostly tropical and sub-tropical products that the United States does not produce in large quantities: coffee, bananas, olive oil, and mangos.

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