Support for organic agriculture is less than 1% of $17 billion in subsidies for commodity crops

June 22, 2016

From 2002 to 2014, mandatory spending on organic agriculture (mandated by the Farm Act) increased about 62% MATH: 2002: ~$105 million 2014: ~$170 million %Change: ((170-105)/105=0.619*100=61.9% Total US commodity subsidies in 2014: $17.3 billion So: Despite the fact that funding for organics has increased 62%, organic agriculture is still a mere fraction—less than 1%--of what is spent on commodity crops through subsidies


Source: “Support for the Organic Sector Expands in the 2014 Farm Act,” United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, last modified July 07, 2014, accessed June 22, 2016, Calculated from Environmental Working Group (Farm Subsidy Information, The United States, Top Programs (focus on 2014 program subsidies), Year: 1995-2014, accessed June 22, 2016),

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