Organic farmers use natural methods that work with the earth to build healthy people and a healthy planet.
When you see the USDA Organic Seal you can trust that your food or product was produced using sustainable methods that protect natural resources and promote biodiversity. Organic farmers are prohibited from using toxic substances that could pollute our families, waterways, air, and natural habitats.
Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored agriculture system in the U.S.
THE ORGANIC DIFFERENCE
Organic farming starts with healthy soil. Farmers put nutrients back into the earth using sustainable methods like crop rotation, cover crops, hand weeding, mulch, manure and compost. Healthy soil grows more nutritious food and is able to store carbon dioxide helping to combat climate change.
Organic farming combats climate change by storing carbon dioxide in healthy soil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Organic farmers are prohibited from using toxic chemicals that pollute the environment.
Organic farmers accommodate the natural behavior of their livestock. They provide them with safe, cage-free living conditions and access to the outdoors so they can roam and graze.
Organic foods go through minimal processing. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives are allowed.
Organic farmers are prohibited from using toxic persistent pesticides that pollute the environment, harm pollinators, and contaminant your food.
Genetically engineered crops and seeds are prohibited from use in organic farming.
Chemical fertilizer used in conventional agriculture is one of the largest polluters of our drinking water today.
Organic meat and dairy is free of antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. The use of antibiotics in agriculture has led to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Synthetic growth hormones have been found to harm the health of people and livestock.
Organic farmers are prohibited from using sewage sludge to fertilize their fields. Organic food processors are prohibited from exposing food or packaging to ionizing radiation.
Organic farmers and processors go rigorous announced and unannounced inspections to ensure they are following all production and processing regulations.