Standards and Certification

USDA. AMS. National Organic Program.

Find a specific USDA certified organic farm or business by name, or search for an operation with specific characteristics or certified products.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

"Assist[s] farmers, ranchers and food business owners (new or experienced, small- or large-scale) interested in exploring transition strategies prior to becoming certified organic." "[A]ddresses organic certification requirements as they pertain to or affect business planning; however, the Planner is not a comprehensive guide to becoming certified organic."

Organic Materials Review Institute.

Reviews "products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing." Produces the OMRI Products List and the OMRI Certified Organic Seed and Planting Stock List.

Organic Trade Association.

Promotes the benefits of organic trade to producers, consumers and the economy. Discusses organic standards and certification processes. Offers resources for the organic industry including The Organic Pages Online, a comprehensive directory of certified organic products and services.

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.

IFOAM is the "worldwide umbrella organisation of the organic agriculture movement" whose members represent about 105 countries. Includes resources on international organic standards and certification.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); World Health Organization.

The Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods are "intended to guide and promote the elaboration and establishment of definitions and requirements for foods, to assist in their harmonization and, in doing so, to facilitate international trade."

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