USDA Organic

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The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) certifies some food as ‘organic.’ Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without the use of most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

A growing cadre of organizations – including nonprofits, businesses, and governments – are working to promote a sustainable economy by setting standards for companies that uphold the ideals of social justice and ecological balance.

To learn more about USDA organic visit the Dept of Agriculture’s website at