Organic Vs. Organic Agriculture

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Observers of agriculture have noted the increase in popularity for organic products. However, is it possible for this growth in the organic industry to be sustainable and profitable? Some notable studies include, yield, price premium, demand, cost, etc. In this paper, organic to conventional agriculture will be investigated. Given that organic agriculture is still in its infancy, demand for organics will continue to grow despite for lower yield and higher premium cost. Additionally, since demand for organic agriculture will continue to grow, cost will be marginal compare to benefits. The following literature reviews will attempt to demonstrate and support this hypothesis.
In a research article by Perez and Plattner, the industry for organic fruits and vegetables is expanding. The United States organic food sector grew by an estimated $2.5 billion in 2011, which half of the growth came from the fruit and vegetable category. Furthermore, organic fruit and berry sales grew at a faster pace compare to all organic crops and livestock commodities. However, despite this impressive growth, sales for organic fruits and berries range between 3 to 4% of total United States fruits and berries, implying room for future growth. (Perez et Pl, 2013)
Greene wrote several articles that validates the increase demand for organics. Since 2002, when the national standards for organic production and processing was established, United States demand for organic produce has grown significantly.
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