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The organic industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the food industry in the United States. Organic food sales grew 11% to nearly US$40 billion in 2015, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), while the food market as a whole recorded a growth rate of 3% . This growth is partly explained …

Heinz Thomet, an organic farmer in Newburg, Maryland, plants rice in arid land. (Logan Mock-Bunting/For The Washington Post) The whole point of organic farming is the soil. Farm in a way that your soil stays healthy – rich in organic matter, nutrients and microbial activity – and you can grow crops without the synthetic fertilizers …