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Forum addresses organic peanuts

August 21, 2004

Tifton- Georgia already supplies more than 40% of the nation's peanut crop, but there are no commercial acres of organic peanuts in the state.

Saturday, researchers, growers and economic specialists gathered in Tifton for the state's first organized forum about organic peanuts.

"Organics is the fastest growing sector in the food industry growing 20% every year, so it's a bit of a missed opportunity. We need to get together and think about the threats, opportunities and challenges, and how we can start producing more organic peanuts here in Georgia," says Alice Rolls, Director of Georgia Organics.

Panelists also discussed the challenges of growing organic food and how to decrease dependence on synthetic pesticides.

Posted at 6:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com