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peer-reviewed research article

Vegetables, fruits and nuts account for 95% of organic sales in California

authors

Karen M. Klonsky, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.
Laura Tourte, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.

publication information

California Agriculture 50(6):9-13. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v050n06p9. November-December 1996.

abstract

A total of 1,159 organic farmers sold over 70 individual commodities, grossing $75.4 million from 45,493 producing (physical) acres in 1992–93. All but 5% of the growers raised some fruit, nut or vegetable crop. Organic production in California is highly concentrated: The largest 7% of organic farms claimed three-fourths of the total gross sales, while half of the farms were smaller than 5 acres with annual sales of under $7,500.

author affiliations

K. Klonsky is Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis. L. Tourte is postgraduate researcher, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.

author notes

The authors gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Organic Program. Support for this project was provided by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.