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December 27, 2020
by Peter Fuller When I first moved to the three acres which would eventually become my native plant nursery, it was
December 27, 2020
by Jaspal Singh Chattha Barrel Compost is cow manure mixed with basalt powder and crushed eggshells, inoculated with
December 27, 2020
as given by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, circa 1938 by Hugh Courtney Keep the Horn Silica (BD501) powder in any dry, sunny
December 27, 2020
By Hugh J. Courtney Among the many mysteries which Rudolf Steiner presents in his Agriculture Course, one of the

What does “organic” mean? 

Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. 

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

**Note that Canadian organic standards follow the USDA model.

Here are a number of organic certification labels that you may recognize:

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