What does it mean to be certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program?
On October 21, 2002, USDA regulations went into effect governing the labeling of foods produced using organic agriculture. Food products that contain 95 to 100% certified organic ingredients may carry the USDA Organic seal.
Organic farmers do not use antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge or genetically engineered organisms (GE, a.k.a GMO) in the production of organic meat and poultry.
Organic Prairie guarantees the organic integrity of our products by strictly adhering to the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) production practices. On-farm practices are documented by an annual third-party inspection and supported by an audited paper trail at every step, from the farm through distribution.
All farms that supply livestock and all plants that produce products for Organic Prairie are certified organic by a USDA-NOP accredited certifier. In addition to certifier audits, Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative staff visit farms regularly. For full details on the National Organic Program, visit http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop.
What do these national standards mean for consumers?
Organic labeling laws are critical for consumers who want to minimize personal exposure to toxins and support humane and sustainable agricultural practices. Today, all agricultural products labeled “organic” have been verified by an accredited certification agency as meeting or exceeding USDA standards for organic production.