Organic Production

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Organic production is a system that integrates "cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity." (Source: NOP) Find subject guides and links related to:



small apple Organically Produced Foods: Food Safety Issues

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Bibliographic references to literature and studies that relate directly to food safety issues of food produced from organic agricultural and/or handling practices.


A Brief Overview of the History and Philosophy of Organic Agriculture. (PDF | 605 KB)

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Reports on the origins of the organic agriculture movement, legislative developments and current regulations, and organic farming and foods.


Organic Agriculture: Innovations in Organic Marketing, Technology, and Research.

Farm Foundation.

Symposium Proceedings of a workshop held October 6-7, 2005 at ERS's Waugh Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Focused on producer options and obstacles, market growth, developing the organic sector, educational resources, assessing benefits of organic production, and exploring research opportunities.


1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming

United States Department of Agriculture.

The "1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming" summarizes findings of a comprehensive study and assessment of organic farming in the United States and Europe.


Statistics About Organic Farming and Organic Markets/Marketing: Selected Resources

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Find U.S. and international data about organic acreage, sales, prices and more from government, industry and organizational sources.


Final Results of the Fourth National Organic Farmers' Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace (PDF | 761 KB)

Organic Farming Research Foundation.

The results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation's 2004 survey of organic farmers in the United States offers insight into "organic farmers' experiences, attitudes and needs around marketing organic products."


Organic Processing Institute

Organic Processing Institute

"The Organic Processing Institute (OPI) is a nonprofit that helps organic farmers and food processors in the Upper Midwest with education, networking, and facilitating technical assistance." OPI provides several fact sheets that cover topics such as co-packing, sanitation, sourcing organic ingredients and waste disposal regulations for mobile processing.


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