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Organic Standards

What does CERTIFIED ORGANIC mean?
An organic product is that which is raised, grown, stored, and/or processed without the use of synthetically- produced chemicals or fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or any other pesticides, growth hormones or growth regulators. Only farmers who produce food according to a set of standards, undergo evaluation by other certified growers, and pass a yearly inspection by a trained independent inspector can label their products certified organic.

Standards:
The standards for certified organic include such items as:
  • improvement of soil quality
  • ethical treatment of animals
  • storage and marketing of food without exposure to contaminants
  • absolutely no use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides
  • no use of hormones, or manure refeeding to animals
  • no irradiation or genetically altered seed or stock
Inspection:
An independent inspector will visit farms applying for certification to check if the farmer understands and is following the standards. Inspectors can request soil, water, or plant tissue tests.

Audit Trail:
A certified organic product must have an audit trail to ensure a product can be traced to the producer who grew it, and to the field records of how it was grown.

It’s up to us…
Help promote organic farming in Nova Scotia:  Join ACORN and support your local organic farms.

To find out how you can become more involved in the organic community here in Atlantic Canada, please visit the ACORN web site at www.acornorganic.org/

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