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.


Organic Agricultural Products: Marketing and Trade Resources

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Serves as a starting place for entrepreneurs who are considering an organic enterprise and for producers of organic commodities who are researching potential markets and marketing schemes. Assists in identifying market suppliers and outlets, market research and regulatory programs.


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.

Plant Management Network.

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."


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