Organic agriculture has been proven to benefit our environment and our health. Recent research now shows that organic agriculture – and the business activities accompanying it – can also benefit local economies and help secure the financial future of many.

Important and unprecedented research was recently released by the Organic Trade Association that identified 225 counties in the United States as organic “hotspots”— counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity that have neighboring counties with high organic activity. The research found that in those organic hotspots, organic activity reduced county poverty levels by an average of 1.3 percentage points, and raised median household income levels by over US$2,000.

Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha will discuss these important findings and what it means for agricultural and economic policy makers moving forward.