U.S. National Organic Standards


The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for the national organic standards, which this time are based on organic community standards and are largely accepted by the organic community. These standards offer consumers consistent standards between states and with other countries. Consumers and those offering organic products have a strong decision-making role on the specifics of these standards through the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

For more information, see these websites:

USDA National Organic Program (NOP) site <www.ams.usda.gov/nop>

Organic Trade Association (OTA) site <www.ota.com>
The direct page for standards is
Especially note their Key Points page.

Organic Consumers Association (OCA) site <www.organicconsumers.org>

Organic & Beyond Campaign <www.organicandbeyond.org/mission.htm>


We believe the national organic standards are a good step forward, and that we can continue to build on them in two ways:

(1) We can ensure that the quality of the standards is maintained, and

(2) We can encourage consumers to also include in their shopping choices other values they might have, such as supporting local, small farms, etc.

Organic standards define growing practices, and we think it is that simplicity that has allowed them to get as far as they have. Let's value that success of this grassroots movement and build on it!

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