The Organic Trade Association
has recently released its third draft of the American Organic
Standards. The group works to promote markets and protect standards
for organic produce in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
The Organic Crop Improvement
Association is the world's largest certifying body for
organic agriculture. Its website includes instructions for standards
submissions and applications for membership.
The National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center's Ag
Center website features information about environmental
requirements that affect the agricultural community. Created by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the support
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this website offers
comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about compliance
-- commonsense, flexible approaches that are both environmentally
protective and agriculturally sound.
legal definitions of sustainable agriculture are found
in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990
and Chapter 94 -- Organic Certification in the U.S.Code.
The USDA's Agricultural
Marketing Service maintains a website on proposed changes
in the National Organic
Last updated: March 21, 2002
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