About Organic

Organic is a philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with emphasis on the interdependence of all life.

This definition reflects the deep convictions of the farmer/owners of Organic Valley who serve as stewards of the earth. With the wisdom of generations, organic farmers care for the health of the land, the animals, and the people who eat their food. They recognize the interdependency of all life and the value of sustainability, which results in the highest quality and purest foods possible.

Industry definition of Organic

On October 21, 2002, new regulations governing the labeling of foods produced using organic agriculture went into effect. As promised by the USDA, the regulations prohibit the use of irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetically modified organisms in organic production. The regulations also prohibit antibiotic and synthetic hormone use in organic meat and poultry; and require 100% organic feed for organic livestock. In addition, the regulations reflect the National Organic Standards Board recommendations regarding which substances used in production and processing are allowed or prohibited. Only food products that contain 95-100% certified organic ingredients may use the USDA seal.

What do national standards mean for consumers?

For consumers who want to minimize personal exposure to toxins and support humane and sustainable agricultural practices, the organic labeling laws are extremely important. Today, all agricultural products labeled "organic" have been verified by an accredited certification agency as meeting or exceeding USDA standards for organic production. All of Organic Valley's dairy, juice, eggs, meat and produce meet the requirements to carry the new USDA Organic Seal.

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Organic Trade Association

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA's mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.


Current U.S. Department of Agriculture information, programs and resources

One Nation, Organically Grown by Elaine Lipson

How the National Organic Program affects organic foods and farming, today and tomorrow.

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