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Certified Organic


The USDA requires that anyone who produces, processes or handles organic agricultural products must be certified by a USDA-accredited certifier in order to sell, label or represent their products as "organic." To become certified, an organic producer, processor or handler must develop, implement and maintain an organic system plan which meets the certification requirements. A certified operation must update its organic system plan and be inspected annually.

Example of Certified Organic:

Conventional farmers are increasingly more interested to get certified organic as consumers are becoming more aware of the dangers of synthetic pesticides. Organic produces are believed to be healthier for the consumers and the environment.
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