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Organic But Not Certified / Uncertified Organic


Many farmers adhere to accepted organic practices but are not certified organic. Organic farming is an approach to agriculture where the aim is to create integrated, humane, environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural production system. They cannot label their product organic, so they use descriptive terms such as “organically grown”, “organic methods”, or “organic but not certified." By not being certified, there is no guarantee that the farmer is using the methods defined by the National Organic Program. To find out more about a farmer’s reason for not pursuing certification, ask him or her.

Example of Organic But Not Certified / Uncertified Organic:

Although transitional products no longer use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, yet they are not eligible for organic certification until 3 years of transitional period. In the transitional period, some may consider the produces as uncertified organic products.
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