Organic Production

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Organic production is a system that integrates "cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity." (Source: National Organic Program) Find subject guides, legislation, production information and links related to:

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

The yearbook includes statistics from an annual survey on organic agriculture world-wide and documents recent developments and trends in global organic farming.  Annual editions from 2000-2017 are available in PDF free, online.

USDA. Agricultural Law Information Partnership.

Information about organic food regulations, including the definition of "organic", and answers to questions about purchasing organic food.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

The Organic Literacy Initiative connects current and prospective organic farmers, ranchers, and processors with USDA resources. Available resources include Organic 101 training for the public and for USDA staff; "Is Organic An Option For Me?" brochure for farmers, ranchers and businesses; and a USDA Organic Resource Guide 2015" [PDF] to USDA programs.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

"This publication provides resources to compare organic and conventional agricultural prices, discusses organic production costs, and offers tips on how to set organic crop prices."

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

This 2008 bibliography contains references to literature and studies that relate directly to food safety issues of food produced from organic agricultural and/or handling practices.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Bibliographic references (from 2000 to 2008) to literature and studies focusing on nutritional qualities of vegetables, fruits and meats produced in organic systems. Continues SRB 2000-03