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E-M:/ Michigan falls behind yet another backwards cracker state

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NATHAN CRABBE, GAINESVILLE SUN, FL - As organic food becomes a bigger presence on the shelves of major grocery stores, the University of Florida is following suit by expanding the study and research of organic farming. UF officials recently announced the university will be one of the first in the U.S. to offer an organic farming major. A class in organic crop production is being offered for the first time this fall semester as part of the program. . . The development of national organic standards in 2002 made the UF major possible, said Danielle Treadwell, an assistant horticulture professor teaching the crop production course. Now students can be taught standards that can be applied anywhere in the country, she said. . .

The sale of organic foods has grown nearly 20 percent annually since 1990 and accounted for $13.8 billion in consumer sales in 2005, according to the Organic Trade Association. Organics now represent 2.5 percent of all food sales, the group reported.

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