When it comes to organic foods, it’s just as imperative to know what isn’t allowed and what is. The organic standards are process-based, meaning they establish the rules for an entire system of farming that follows a product from its early stages on the farm all the way to retail.
The USDA organic regulations prohibit the use of GMOs, listing them as “excluded methods,” and defining those methods as “a variety of methods to genetically modify organisms or influence their growth and development by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes.
The New York Times published a story called, “It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer?
The ‘USDA certified-organic’ standard was not developed to be a food safety label, but a label that confirms and verifies that the product is produced following organic protocols.
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) regards any system that is based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture and uses organic methods, as ‘Organic Agriculture’ and any farmer practicing such a system as an ‘organic farmer’. This includes numerous forms of certified and non-certified Organic Agriculture. Guarantee Systems may be for instance third party certification, including group certification, as well as participatory guarantee systems.
Since 1972, IFOAM occupies an unimpeded position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, i.e. all stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. This allows IFOAM to unite, lead and assist the organic movement. Continue reading
The phrase ‘GO BROWN’ is a very common expression now. What does that seem to indicate? That everything we appear to do in our lifestyles should be ‘brown’? That sounds funny, right? It indeed has a similar meaning. It means going organic. Now the question arises, what does organic mean? Organic means of, relating to, or derived from living matter. Organic may mean different things in different contexts, but the main idea remains the same. It arises from living matter.
IFOAM – International Federation Of organic Agriculture Movements in March 2008 gave Organic farming the following definition:
“Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”