Organic certification is the public's assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs. Well balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture's impact on the environment.
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically - even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.