Organic-certified businesses go through a great deal of effort to be able to say their products are “certified organic.” Unlike other terms like “natural,” certified organic products are regulated through an extensive certification process and undergo an annual inspection to ensure they meet the USDA’s National Organic Program requirements.

What Does “Certified Organic” Mean?

NO genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

NO harmful or toxic pesticides, or petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers.

NO antibiotics or growth hormones in animal products.

YES! Supporting healthy ecosystems by caring for the soil, water, plants, and animals.

What to Look for at the Market

When you are shopping, the use of the terms “beyond organic” or “grown organically” does not mean the product is certified organic. Phrases like “no spray” and “pesticide free” do not mean that the crops were grown without harmful synthetic chemicals. Ask to see the farmer’s organic certificate or look for the USDA Organic seal or the sign of an accredited certifier.

Stop the Spread of GMOs

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not allowed in organic production. A large and growing body of research shows that GMOs may have a number of negative health effects. GMOs are also known to disrupt ecosystems, damage wild plant and animal populations, and harm biodiversity.

Remove Additional Antibiotics and Hormones from the Food Supply Chain

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise due in part to non-organic production practices. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are not given antibiotics or hormones.

Defend The Environment

Organic farming protects and promotes wildlife and biodiversity supporting larger populations of beneficial organisms such as bees, other pollinators, and songbirds! Organic farming focuses on building soil fertility and conserving water. The absence of synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides in organic farming protects our rivers and chemical runoffs that decrease fish populations and create ocean dead zones.

- via CCOF

Thank you for supporting our small, family, USDA Organic certified business. For more information, or to learn how you can help contribute to the organic movement, please visit: www.ccof.org/foundation.

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