The number of Americans living with faith-based illness, or FBSI, has increased steadily since the mid-1990s, and now reaches more than 6.6 million people, according to a report from the National Faith Farm Research Institute (NFFRI).
That is more than five times the number of people who were FBSIs at the start of the century.
And faith-owned businesses, which can legally engage in some forms of marketing to consumers and non-profits, account for more than a quarter of all FBSIS in the United States.
It’s a growth story for faith-farmers.
FBSis are the fastest growing segments of the US food supply.
In 2015, faith-operated businesses produced more than 40% of the food that was consumed in the country, according the NFFRI.
In addition, faith farmers produce about $300bn worth of agricultural products, according NFFRIs 2015 report.
As faith-driven businesses have become more visible and ubiquitous, so too have they expanded their operations.
Last year, FBSi accounted for $1.6bn of the U.S. farm supply.
A study by the Pew Research Center, published in October, found that faith-supported farms contributed about $1bn in annual food spending, making faith farms the second largest source of food for Americans.
And with more faith-led farming and marketing initiatives coming out of faith-run institutions, such as churches and temples, the trend is only set to get more bold.
In fact, FSBs and other faith-sponsored enterprises are the largest single consumer segment in America’s agriculture, according a 2015 Pew study.
In 2017, FFSIs accounted for an estimated $8.4 billion in food and agricultural products (including fruits and vegetables) sold in the U, according an NFFRi report.
Faith farms, with their many branches and staff, are growing across the country.
As the number and scale of faith farms has increased, so has the number, size and complexity of their operations, according Togele and others.
In New York City, the number is almost twice as large as the size of a typical grocery store.
And in Texas, they have the capacity to serve more than one million people.
There are roughly 1.3 million faith farms operating in the USA.
And they are growing at a pace that many in the faith community fear could continue into the future.
The NFFRPI, which has received more than $1 million from the USDA to support research into the impact of faith farming, recently released a report titled “Faith-based Agriculture: An Economic and Economic Profile.”
The report focused on the impact on the food supply and its impact on communities and communities of color.
It found that the number (and size) of faith farm operations has increased by about 4% per year over the past 15 years.
The growth of faith agriculture in the past decade has been more rapid in the South and Southwest, which includes Texas, than in other regions.
The report said the growth of FFSI has accelerated since 2000.
It noted that in the 1980s, only about 1% of food was delivered to faith-fueled farms, and that now more than 15% of U.s. food is delivered to FFSis.
In the past two decades, faith agriculture has grown more than 10 times as fast as the U’s population and GDP, according.
According to the NFBRI report, the growth in FFSII and FFSIII has been greater in the Midwest and West.
In 2016, there were about 3.5 million FFSIS in operation.
By 2020, that number was expected to exceed 6.8 million.
In 2019, faith farms in the state of Texas accounted for about 20% of total farm and food delivery services.
The figure has increased to about 30% in 2020, according The National Faith Food Bank, which represents faith-fed food distributors.
In Texas, FFAI’s have accounted for more revenue than all other food businesses combined.
As a result, the NFFSI says, faith farming is a net contributor to Texas’ economy.
In other words, faith farm businesses, through marketing and lobbying, have helped Texas reach a level of prosperity that is comparable to other parts of the country in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Faith farming is also increasing in the south, as evidenced by the growth there.
According the NFGRPI’s 2016 report, faithfarm businesses have expanded across the state, with Texas accounting for about 16% of all faith-farming in the states food supply, while New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi accounted for 18% and 19% of these, respectively.
In 2018, faith farmer operations in Texas accounted of nearly one in every three food sales in the New Mexico state, according Food Marketing Institute.
And the NFFBRI says that as faith farming grows, so do