Organic Agriculture and Food

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC (National Organic Program) Bio 110

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a process to legally certify plants or animals as being Organic. According to the USDA on Organic Certification, please answer the following questions:

When and who passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA)?

Why is it important to develop ‘National Standards’?

Does natural mean organic?

How can the consumer know if something has been labeled the USDA as being Organic? Where would they look for the label?

Standards are determined by the 15-member National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)? Who appoints this board?

Who is represented on the NOSB board?

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