Certified Organic Produce
There is a lot that goes into certifying organically grown produce for the
marketplace. The USDA's Department of Agriculture has implemented a strict
set of national guidelines. These are standards and rules that must
be followed, before food can be labeled Certified Organic. There are
many rules and regulations, and strict enforcement. There's inspection, and
agency reviews, and certification. At the end of the long process, the
organically grown and handled foods are safe and clean for you and
your family to eat and enjoy.
The organic label can be applied to vegetables, herbs, fruits, dairy products,
eggs and meats. We will focus upon vegetables and herbs, often grown in the
home garden. As a home gardener, you won't seek tedious certification. But,
you can replicate the process requirements to produce safe and healthy herbs
and vegetables for you and your family.
For farmers seeking certification, contact the USDA, to learn what you need
to do for certification.
Organic Produce's path to your table:
It begins with seeds used in organic gardening. The seeds must be certified
organic. Genetic defects can be carried in the seeds. Only certified organic
seeds are allowed for use in growing produce destined for the marketplace.
Farmers must comply with all rules and regulations. The USDA has a National
List of what can be used and not used in the growing process. Farmers must
strictly follow all rules and regulations.
Even shippers, handlers and grocery stores must follow rules and regulations
established by the USDA, to assure that the vegetables and herbs you purchase
are indeed organic in every way.
The effort by all involved, is more intensive and tedious. It results in
a somewhat higher price at the grocery store or market. But, the comfort
and safety of eating organically, is well worth the extra cost.
How Do I Know if the food is USDA certified as organically grown and
raised? Simple! Just look for the USDA label on the packaging. Here
is what it looks like..........
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