Organic Food

Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:06 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Feeding the Organic Supply Chain

Farmer Tom Frantzen proudly takes pictures of his corn crop near New Hampton, Iowa on October 10, 2013.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Organic food is a hot market in the U.S. The Organic Trade Association says that sales over the last five years have grown 35 percent. But there’s a problem in the supply chain – not enough organic grain.

Many producers in the farm belt aren’t willing to take on organic production despite a hefty price premium. That has left organic food companies scrambling to find enough raw ingredients for the products that hit grocery store shelves. Just as corn and soybeans dominate conventional processed food and meat, these same grains are often key ingredients for organic foods.

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