Certified Organic

Organic certification isn’t an easy process, but indeed it guarantees that the organic regulations are being followed with verification, inspection, and yes, record keeping. Let’s take a dive into the sometimes-murky waters of certification.

The process is varied by operation and is an in-depth, often arduous task that most consumers do not comprehend. All certified entities, be they farmers, manufacturers or distributors must outline an Organic Systems Plan, also affectionately called the “OSP.” This mighty document details the practices and procedures used by the operation to comply with the organic regulations. Organic farmers must outline what they will grow, where they will grow it, how they will obtain the seeds and what inputs will go into the soil. Organic pest and weed controls may only be applied. As their plans change, so must the OSP.

An organic manufacturer’s OSP must entail which certified ingredients and raw products they will use and outline the procedure for cooking, concocting and assembling their finished product. They must obtain current certifications from each producer they buy products from. Facilities must be clean and kept free of prohibited substances.

BioGro New Zealand Organic Certification

BioGro is New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products. We certify and accredit over 600 producers, farmers and manufacturers across New Zealand and the Pacific.

BioGro is owned by the New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society – a registered not-for-profit that works to promote organics and protect its integrity.

The BioGro logo is the most recognised organic logo amongst New Zealanders. BioGro certified producers carry the BioGro logo on their products to assure their customers that the organic produce they buy is genuine.

The BioGro logo guarantees that a product is made without animal testing, genetic modification and the routine use of synthetic pesticides. It is the mark of a genuine organic product.
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OIA International Organic Certification

Since 1991, OIA operates as organic certifier of vegetable, animal and processed products, accompanying the Argentinian organic market from the early stages.

Following the global trend in food and consumer demand for food safety and quality, OIA has expanded its certification experience as a quality certifier to other agricultural, fish, and industrial products.

OIA seal on the certified product shows compliance with standards and/or production systems, and also provides confidence and transparency to the consumer regarding the a product’s producer, processor and trader.

OIA is member of the Directory of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Affiliates, of the OTA (Organic Trade Association), founding partner and member of MAPO’s Directory (Argentinian Movement for Organic Production) and of CACER (Argentinian Chamber of Entities Certifying Organic Food Products).
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European Commission Organic Farming Certification

Quality is an important topic for every farmer and buyer, whether dealing with commodities produced in accordance to basic standards or with the high-end quality products in which Europe excels. EU farmers must build on high quality reputation to sustain competitiveness and profitability.

EU law lays down stringent requirements guaranteeing the standards of all European products. In addition, EU quality schemes identify products and foodstuffs farmed and produced following strict specifications.

The regulation set a new course for developing organic farming further, with the following aims: sustainable cultivation systems, a variety of high-quality products, greater emphasis on environmental protection, more attention to biodiversity, higher standards of animal protection, consumer confidence, protecting consumer interests.

Organic production respects natural systems and cycles. Biological and mechanical production processes and land-related production should be used to achieve sustainability, without having recourse to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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U.S. Dept of Agriculture Organic Certification

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules & regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, referred to as rulemaking, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public. The NOP also maintains a Handbook that includes guidance, instructions, policy memos, and other documents that communicate the organic standards.

In 2012, USDA commemorated and celebrated its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture.

Two and one-half years later, in what would be his final annual message to the Congress; Lincoln called USDA “The People’s Department.” At that time, about half of all Americans lived on farms, compared with about 2 percent today. But through our work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and a host of issues, USDA still fulfills Lincoln’s vision – touching the lives of every American, every day.
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