Learn more about the USDA organic standards at www.ams.usda.gov/nop or call the National Organic Program at 202-720-3252. You can also write them at USDA-AMS-TM-NOP, Room 4008 S. Bldg., Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence, SW, Washington DC 20250.
Produce that earns the USDA organic certification is grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bio-engineering or ionizing radiation.
In order to be labeled "organic," the farm where the food is grown is certified to make certain the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it arrives in our stores must be certified, too.