Monterey Leads the Industry with Organic Products!
What is Organic?
Organic farming relies on natural or more environmentally friendly alternatives.
What certifies a crop to be Organic?
“Certified organic” refers to produce grown on farms (or facilities) that have been inspected by an independent, third-party certifier. The certifier ensures that a certified organic farm/facility complies with the strict National Organic program standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
To earn certification, organic farms/facilities must:
- Have long-term soil/substrate management plans.
- Meet specific requirements for labeling and record keeping.
- Use no chemical herbicides, fumigants, or synthetic fertilizers, and no unapproved pesticides on soil or produce.
- Keep detailed records of all the materials used in their growing operations.
Annual certification inspections enforce the USDA’s strict guidelines, so consumers have the security of knowing exactly what goes into their certified organic food.