Certified organic products are grown and processed according to strict federal guidelines. Among many factors, these guidelines address soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on naturally created seeds and fertilizers, and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.
Organic standards expressly prohibit products that are grown or handled using genetically modified organisms.
To be certified organic, products must be grown on soil that had no prohibited substances, such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, applied for three years prior to harvest.