Organic and Natural Products

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There is a process for the certification and labeling of organic foods.

In 1990, the United States legislature passed the Organic Foods Production Act. It assured the standardization the use of terms such as organic and natural. This act established a US Natural Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

Regulations were further promulgated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with the NOSB, so that today there is a set of standards that guide the entire industry. For example, NOSB defines organic agriculture as an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and management practices that restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony.

NOSB states that the primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil, plants, animals and people. This standard is applied and followed by all entities accredited by the USDA.

There are several levels of labeling for organic foods, ranging from 100% organic, (contents of 100%...

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