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What are organic food and organic agriculture?

According to the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. The USDA-AMS also states that organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.

The USDA focuses on organic products not on farms. We at Farm Direct link consumers to farmers and their farms. We encourage you to learn more about your local farms and about organic agriculture beginning with the following web sites. If you have questions about how something is grown the best way is to ask questions and get to know your local farmers.


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