Colorado Department of Agriculture
USDA National Organic Program
The copy in this section is taken verbatim from the USDA Organic website. The USDA's (United States Department of Agriculture) National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell agricultural products organically produced. Visit www.usda.gov to learn more.
What Is Organic?
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.
How Are Organic Products Overseen?
The National Organic Program regulates all organic crops, livestock, and agricultural products certified to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. Organic certification agencies inspect and verify that organic farmers, ranchers, distributors, processors, and traders are complying with the USDA organic regulations. USDA conducts audits and ensures that the more than 90 organic certification agencies operating around the world are properly certifying organic products. In addition, USDA conducts investigations and conducts enforcement activities to ensure all products labeled as organic meet the USDA organic regulations. In order to sell, label, or represent their products as organic, operations must follow all of the specifications set out by the USDA organic regulations.
How Do I Know If My Food Is Organic?
Look at the label. If you see the USDA organic seal, the product is certified organic and has 95 percent or more organic content. For multi-ingredient products such as bread or soup, if the label claims that it is made with specified organic ingredients, you can be confident that those specific ingredients have been certified organic.
Chocolove’s certified Organic products are verified by the Colorado dept of Agriculture.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is a USDA accredited certification agency. Under the National Organic Program (NOP), products sold as organic in the United States must be certified by a USDA-NOP accredited certification agency.
The CDA verifies that the requirements of organic production and handling practices meet the national standards. We certify Crop, Wild Crop, Process Handling and Livestock categories.
For The Consumer -
The program assures consumers that these products are produced without prohibited substances such as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
For The Producer -
The program allows participating producers to sell their products as USDA certified Organic. The implementation of the USDA standards has brought uniformity to the organic industry throughout the United States. Colorado producers are able to sell their products in other states and countries without barriers.