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Encyclopedia > Organic products

An organic product is one which is certified organic. Organic certification is an accreditation process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. ...

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Agricultural products

Food

main article: Organic food
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, dairy, eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Flour and Grains

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Other

  • Cotton
  • Seed
  • Flowers

Processed foods

  • Organic juice
  • Canned goods
  • Frozen vegetables

Consumer goods

  • Organic cotton clothing

Retailers and services

  • Organic restaurants and catering

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ERS/USDA Briefing Room - Organic Farming and Marketing (711 words)
Organic farming systems rely on ecologically based practices, such as cultural and biological pest management, and virtually exclude the use of synthetic chemicals in crop production and prohibit the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock production.
Organic Agriculture:Gaining Ground—Organic agriculture is expanding rapidly in the United States, as consumer interest continues to gather momentum and new organic production and marketing systems evolve.
OECD Workshop on Organic Agriculture—The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published the Proceedings of a workshop that was hosted by the USDA examining the economic, environmental and social impacts of organic agriculture in relation to "integrated" and "conventional" farming systems.
Organic Crop Production Overview (12425 words)
However, this extreme representation of organic agriculture was quickly taken up by critics who tried to characterize all of organic agriculture as soil depleting and unproductive.(10) To counter this, current standards for certified organic production require an "organic plan" outlining the use of soil building activities and natural pest management.
In 2002, when the USDA adopted the National Organic Standard that spells out what farmers and food processors must (and must not) do to be certified "organic," the organic industry already had a long history of relying on third-party certifiers to ensure the integrity of their products and practices.
Organic farmers believe this is best accomplished by avoiding toxic chemicals and practices — like excessive tillage — that are harmful to soil organisms, as well as by the addition of organic matter and natural rock minerals.
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