“Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.”

The USDA[1]  ensures the integrity of organic products not only in the U.S. but also throughout the world and standards are kept through regulations on certification, production and the handling and labelling of organic products.

The USDA draws from the organic community to aid on the definition of the national list of materials and its services range from developing and maintaining voluntary quality and product description standards for use in commercial transactions to providing product or processing testing support and intellectual property protection to the members of that community.

AMS[2] has for more than 90 years provided price and sales information for marketing and distribution of farm commodities. These days, data compiled on domestic and international reports is disseminated almost instantly via the Internet.

This article was written by Silvia Pelham


[1] United States Department of Agriculture

[2] Agricultural Marketing Service

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