U.S. sales of organic foods and beverages grew from $1 billion in 1990
to $24.8 billion in 2009,
according to the Organic Trade Association.
The sector saw double-digit growth — often more than 20 percent —
every year over the past decade except 2009, at the tail-end of the
recession. Even then, organic sales rose 5.9 percent from the previous
year while total food sales increased only 1.6 percent.
Georgia taxpayers spend $1 billion a year locking up so many criminal offenders that the state has the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the nation. When it comes to overall criminal punishment, no state outdoes Georgia.
They note that scare tactics made that happen.
But today, many public figures with strong anti-crime credentials are asking if that expenditure is smart, or even if it’s making Georgians safer. The debate about crime and punishment, once clearly divided along party lines, is now a debate in which conservatives often lead the charge for change.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business consultant and president of JobBait.com Mark Hovind ranked every metropolitan statistical area across the country, highlighting those he deemed to be “recession-proof.” The city of Valdosta was the only Georgia city to make the list.