This is the first of a three part series.
The Spirit of Organic
At the heart of organic certification is what many farmers, researchers, and advocates call the “spirit of organic.” This spirit is described by the USDA National Organic Program, which defines organic agriculture as a production system that is managed to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
So, what does it mean to be certified organic? At its essence, it means that when farmers and ranchers grow food and fiber products in accordance with the organic rules and principles, they become stewards of our soil, our water, and the very lives of the myriad plant and animal species on our planet.