USDA Organic is a certification program for agricultural products that are produced using organic farming methods. The program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is based on national standards for organic production. These standards cover all aspects of production, from planting and harvesting to processing and handling.
To be certified as USDA Organic, a product must be produced using organic farming methods that exclude the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and ionizing radiation. In addition, organic livestock must be raised using organic feed and must have access to the outdoors.
USDA Organic certification is voluntary and is granted to farms, businesses, and organizations that meet the standards set by the USDA. The certification process involves an annual on-site inspection by a USDA-accredited certifying agent to verify that the operation is in compliance with the USDA organic regulations.
USDA Organic products can be identified by the USDA Organic seal on their packaging. The seal is a guarantee to consumers that the product has been produced according to the strict standards set by the USDA.