USDA issued a news release Wednesday touting the growth of organic farming with 19,474 certified organic farm operations around the country and 27,814 around the world.
Still, several organic groups have filed suits over the last week challenging the way USDA is running the organic-standards program.
USDA's National Organic Program shows the number of organic farms nationally has increased by more than 250% since USDA's organic program began counting certified farms in 2002. The number of certified organic farms grew 5% over the past year, or just under 1,000 new certified operations.
"As demand for organic products continues to soar, more ...