Thanks for celebrating Washington Organic Week – WOW!
What does Certified Organic mean?
Organic is a labeling term indicating that an agricultural product has been produced by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Use of sewage sludge, irradiation, genetic engineering, and most synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is prohibited.
The National Organic Program ensures the integrity of the organic label by regulating all products certified to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. In order to sell, label, or represent their products as organic, operations must follow all of the specifications set out by the USDA organic regulations.
USDA organic regulations require that organic farmers and processors:
- Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
- Support animal health and welfare
- Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
- Only use approved materials
- Do not use genetically modified ingredients, sewage sludge, or irradiation
The USDA Organic Seal
The USDA organic seal represents a comprehensive organic standard, a rigorous verification system, and a set of effective enforcement mechanisms that safeguard the integrity of organic food products.
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