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Careers in organic food production



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Organic food is a growth industry. Find out about some of the jobs that bring organics from the farm—and the factory—to your table.


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From TVs to TV dinners, technology plays a part in modern life. But when it comes to the food we eat, many of us are turning from technology toward organic methods of food production—methods that often predate industrialization. And growth in the organic industry’s popularity should also sprout employment in its occupations.

New technologies developed over the past several decades have allowed farmers to grow more food using fewer resources. Even as technology improves farm yields, however, many consumers are looking for healthier, environmentally sustainable alternatives to typical food. The result has been a rapid growth in the organic industry: the growing, manufacturing, regulation, and marketing of organic foods.

This article discusses some of the workers who are involved in producing organic food, certifying it, and bringing it to consumers.

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U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Updated: December 17, 2010