Organic Classification

Food for thought, even if a producer is certified organic, the use of the USDA Organic label is voluntary. Not every farmer or manufacturer goes through the rigorous process of becoming certified, especially smaller operations.

Certified Organic

When used in the United States in relationship to agricultural products, means that the product has been certified to meet specific standards and regulations set by the National Organic Program (NOP).

In the United States a true certified organic product is certified by an accredited certifying agent and is allowed to wear the USDA Organic Seal.

To learn more about real certified organic products check out the following helpful information:

Note: while a certified organic product may be called "organic" that doesn't mean that all products called organic are really certified organic. Unless a product meets NOP standards it's not truly "certified" organic.

Organically Grown

Certified Organic products that are sold by an establishment that is itself not a Certified Organic Business are considered "Organically Grown".  Most grocery stores do not take this into consideration when labeling and handling their organic products. At the Co-op, even though we are not a Certified Organic Business we operate as though we are. We take extra care to insure that the organic integrity of our products remains as close to their original arrival state.

Organic Ingredients

Food packaging that reads “Made With Organic Ingredients” must contain 70–94% organic ingredients. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal; instead, they may list up to three ingredients on the front of the packaging.