What is Organic?
Organic refers to the way agricultural products- food and fiber- are grown and processed. It is an ecological system that at its core relies on a healthy rich soil to produce strong plants that resist pests and diseases. Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals in favor of more “earth-friendly” practices that work in harmony with nature. In the case of livestock, antibiotics are prohibited, opting instead for preventative measures for keeping animals healthy and productive. Organic production also prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
Organic Practices mean:
• No pesticides to contaminate our soil and water or injure farm workers!
How do I know it's Organic?
Because the product has the USDA seal. Only certified organic products with at least 95% organic can bear the USDA Organic seal:
Any food with a label that says "organic" must be certified by a certifying agency accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Food packaging that reads “Made With Organic Ingredients” must contain 70–94% organic ingredients. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal; instead, they may list up to three ingredients on the front of the packaging.
The U.S. Organic Standard
• Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of methods and materials used in growing or processing organic products.
• A third party certifier approved by the USDA must inspect methods and materials annually.
• All handlers and farmers are required to maintain an Organic Handling Plan detailing their management practices.