Is it time for an Organic Research and Promotions Order?
Long-term success of the organic sector requires a consistent investment in research and education, and promotion of certified organic that does not exist today. An Organic Research and Promotions Order would expand the reach and benefits of organics through a collective research and marketing program. UNFI supports this initiative as it would help distinguish organic in the market place, grow demand and educate the consumer.
UNFI unequivocally supports the full disclosure of ingredients to consumers, believing they have a right to know whether products contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). We feel that the cultivation of GMOs and their presence in our food supply pose a threat to human, animal, and environmental health, and therefore, are fundamentally contrary to our vision of a sustainable future. We embrace certified organic as the gold standard of non-GMO food production.
Industry and Community Partners
USDA Organic 101
Organic 101 is an overview of the Organic label, explains the meaning of organic and the certification process, and describes resources for organic.
Melody Meyer, VP of Policy and Industry Relations, and a leading advocate for the organic industry, shares her views on the growing market, policy and regulations, social implications, current news, and more in her blog, Organic Matters.
National Organic Program
The National Organic Program (NOP) is a regulatory program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is responsible for developing national standards for organically produced products. The NOP uses the USDA Organic label to inform consumers as to whether or not products meet these standards.
10 Reasons to Buy Organic
The USDA Organic label guarantees production methods and ensures that certain ingredients are not used, such as toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, sewage sludge or irradiation.
Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World
The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk
Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food