What is Organic? 02/10/10 3:22:57 PM
WHAT IS ORGANIC?
The product that is "certified organic" means
that the producer and/or processors have
been inspected by a third-party agency to
verify the organic integrity of their facilities
and procedures, and then certified by that
agency. Several certification agencies exist
across the country and they inspect to
Any product labeled organic in the U.S.
must also meet strict national standards.
Organic food must be produced without
the use of sewer-sludge fertilizers, most
synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, genetic
engineering (biotechnology), growth
hormones, irradiation and antibiotics.
All food product labeling must meet the
USDA "National Organic Program" standard
and approval before they can be used.
1. No harmful chemicals or prohibited
substances have been used or applied
to the field for at least three years.
2. Documentation that their operations
follow strict standards to qualify
3. They have kept detailed records of
4. They used ecologically-friendly
methods and substances to improve the
soil and control pests and clean