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Consumer Demand for Organic Meat Continues to Grow

Farmers sold more than $5 billion worth of organic products last year.
Farmers sold more than $5 billion worth of organic products last year.

The market for organic foods is continuing its explosive growth, according to new data from federal agriculture officials. That growth includes a booming market for organic and free-range meats. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports that producers throughout the Midwest are changing their practices to meet the demand.


Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest. Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and the push and pull for resources has serious ramifications for our country’s economic prosperity. What’s more, we all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced In the Midwest, in particular, today’s emerging agenda for agriculture is headlined by climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality, and sustainability. By examining these local, regional and national issues and their implications with in-depth and unbiased reporting, Harvest is filling a critical information void. Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries and features, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking. We are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read our ethics policy.