Organic vs. Conventional Food and Farming
         Organic Food and Farming Timeline

1921- Organic farming brought to America Sir Albert Howard published his agricultural lectures for America.

1940- Robert Rohdale creates the term "Organic Farming"+ founds the Organic Farming Movement.

1953- Natural Food Associates formed in Atlanta, Texas, helping connect organic growers.

1962- Rachel Carlson's "Silent Spring" was published, displaying some negative associated with pesticides.

1973California Certified Organic Farmers is founded + first organization to certify organic farms in America

1984- The Organic Foods Production Association of North America, later the OTA, is created.

1988- USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is established, providing competitive grants to support organic research.

1990- Organic Foods Production Act, requiring USDA created to create national laws for organics

1998- Iowa passes the Organic Agricultural Products Act so organic products must be labeled

2001- Sales in organics = 9 billion dollars

2007- Cookery into schools so future generations will not suffer from poor food knowledge.

2009- Sales in organics=26.6 billion
      Conventional Food and Farming Timeline

1939- DDT is created, brought to America, and used a the first pesticide. 

1939-1945- Pesticide use made more popular after WWII ended.

1964- The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act is created providing federal control of pesticides.

1971-1972- American newspapers report both sides of the use of pesticides. 

1972- DDT is banned due to a proven carcinogenic risk to humans.

1987- Law reform commission recommends 23 more pesticide laws.

1996- The United States passes substantial reforms to pesticide regulation in its food quality protection act. 

2000- The Working Group for the Risk Assessment of Mixtures of Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines is established.

2001- The Stockholm Convention was held where 12 potentially toxic pesticides we discussed.

2006- The EPA recommends restrictions on thousands of uses of pesticides, but these restrictions were never put in action.

2008- A EPA proposes rules for five fumigant pesticides

Banner Images

Far Left- DDT (described above) 

Near Left- Rachel Carson's book (described above)

Far Right- Sir Albert Howard's book (described above)

Near Right- A graph showing organic food production