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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..........

USDA Certified Organic logo

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