Microgreen growing operations are a relatively new industry, and a study was recently conducted of microgreen growers in the United States. The online survey, answered by 176 growers, included questions about farm demographics, growing techniques, microgreen varieties grown, and food safety practices.
The majority of the response pool (62 percent) was microgreen growing operations that earned less than $10,000 USD per year in microgreen revenue.
The study helped define relationships between farm characteristics and food safety practices, according to the report.
The results of the survey concluded that farms with more employees appeared to have more food safety practices overall, with the exception of seed disinfection, which appeared to be more common at smaller farms.
The purpose of the survey was to inform research, outreach, and training efforts on subjects relevant to microgreens safety, including growing systems, microgreens varieties, and production practices.
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