• Products can only be certified organic if grown on soil with no prohibited substances, including synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, for 3 years prior to harvest.

  • The following may become USDA certified: crops,livestock,processed products and wild crops.

  • Certification is given by USDA-accredited certifying agents, which are in the United States and around the world.

  • Upfront information required includes detailed description of the operation; history of substances applied to the land; organic products to be grown, raised, or processed; and a written Organic System Plan describing the system and substances to be used.

  • For meat to be certified organic, animals must be raised in living conditions that accommodate their natural behaviors; they must be fed organic feed and forage—and not administered hormones or antibiotics.

  • In general, organic foods are prohibited from containing artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors that contain artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

  • The “Made with Organic” label means that at least 70 percent of a product’s ingredients are certified organic.

  • After the producer has applied for organic certification, paid fees, and successfully undergone inspection, organic certification is given. All raw certified products may be labeled with the USDA organic seal.