Category: Organic Integrity

NOP Requires Grazing

By Gwyneth Harris, dairy certification specialist, MOFGA and Diane Schivera, M.A.T., organic livestock specialist, MOFGA The National Organic Program’s new Pasture Rule becomes law on June 17, 2010. It will be enforced for currently certified producers on June 17, 2011, while new applicants for livestock certification must meet all aspects of the new rule when

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Organic Certification During the COVID 19 Pandemic

  By Chris Grigsby, Director, MOFGA Certification Services LLC The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic has caused tremendous disruption to so many aspects of our daily lives, including our food system. MOFGA Certification Services (MCS) has also had to shift the organic certification process due to the regulatory requirements. The USDA National Organic

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USDA NOP New Rule Strengthening Organic Enforcement

  By Chris Grigsby On August 5, 2020, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published a long awaited proposed rule titled Strengthening Organic Enforcement. This proposed rule is the single largest update to the standards since their inception in 2002 and was mandated by language in the 2018 Farm Bill. Congress was concerned about recent

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Hydroponic

By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. In the late 1960s I watched a play by Megan Terry called Home: Or Future Soap on public television. The set was a single room that had no view of sky, ocean, sun, snow, hills or rivers. People lived their whole lives in this single room; never left their rooms; and

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Organic Fish

Organic Fish? by Eric Sideman, Ph.D.Copyright 2006 The word organic has become a household word during the 20 years I have worked for MOFGA. When I first took this job, I had to explain to friends and family what organic meant. Now they make a point of showing me the organic items in their refrigerators.

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