Farmers in 48 States dedicated 2.3 million
acres of cropland and pasture to organic production systems
in 2001. Over 1.3 million acres were used for growing crops.
USDA lifted restrictions on organic meat labeling in the late
1990s, and by 2001, most of the States were raising certified
organic livestock. While adoption of organic farming systems
showed strong gains between 1992 and 2001 and the adoption
rate remains high, the overall adoption level is still lowonly
about 0.3 percent of all U.S. cropland and 0.2 percent of
all U.S. pasture was certified organic in 2001.