Standards and Certification

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service. 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.

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."

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.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Provides access to Program Standards, information on trade issues, materials on organic certification and accreditation including a listing of USDA accredited certifying agents, and resources for producers, handlers, processors and retailers regarding organic production and marketing. Selected Resources:

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.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

The Guide to U.S. Organic Marketing: Laws and Regulations and Guide to International Trade in Organics: Laws and Regulations cover U.S. Federal and State laws and regulations, U.S. organic standards, food labeling, regulatory issues and programs, food safety and international regulations and trade issues.

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.