Organic Farming, Marketing, and Certification Resources
Organic farming and marketing groups and other web resources of particular interest to organic farmers.
Campaign for Food Safety -- Covers a wide range of food issues including organic standards, genetically modified organisms, irradiation, BGH, Mad Cow disease and more. Includes a page of links to farmer, retailer or wholesaler selling organic food. Affiliated with the Organic Consumers Association.
OrganicHub.com -- Online database provides an easy yet powerful way to find information about organic products, producers, wholesalers, retailers, and organizations. Don't forget to add yourself to the list.
Organic Farming Research Foundation -- Offers modest grants for research projects to help foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming practices. Features online newsletter and summaries of their National Organic Farmers' Survey.
Organic Certification Discussion Group -- Weigh in on the issues as national standards come to fruition. To subscribe, send the message: subscribe organic-certification firstname lastname to email@example.com. (Leave the subject line blank.) For more information, contact the list owner, Larry London.
1997 National Organic Directory -- Print is not dead! This is the hard-copy yellow pages for the organic industry, filled with information you won't find anywhere else. Lists growers, buyers, wholesellers, state and national laws, great articles on organic issues, and more. Published by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. Site provides table of contents, ordering info and sample article.
ATTRA's Organic Certification List -- Access from the menu after registering at their On-Line Publications List. Includes about 70 U.S.certification groups, organized by region.
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association -- Biodynamics explained, directories of regional and associated BD groups, training and apprenticeship programs and more.
CAFFEINE -- Organic Farming -- Growing list of links from Canada's Agrifood Directory.
Canadian Organic Growers -- Background, contacts, and excellent publications list including the very useful Organic Field Crop Handbook.
California Certified Organic Farmers -- Features complete online version of certification standards, an organic FAQ, membership directory and more.
Can Organic Agriculture Feed the World? -- Review and Hotlink to a thought-provoking essay by North Dakota organic farmer and activist, Fred Kirschenmann.
CNN's Certified Organic Stories -- CNN Plus's organic foods hub. Links to CNN stories about organic food and farmers complete with search engine to other related stories. Interesting news, but see how many mistakes you can spot in their Organic Explainer.
Federal Organic Foods Production Act 1990 -- An easy-to-read (if that's possible) version from Cornell Law School.
Information Network For Organic Produce -- International site seeking to link buyers and sellers. Limited listings at this point. (8/26/97).
International Organic Links --Great collection of links to groups from around the world.
Is Organic Food More Nutritious? -- Thought-provoking, informative thread from the sanet-mg discussion group at Dr. Charles Benbrook's Pest Management at the Crossroads site.
Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance -- Includes information about Organic Growers of Michigan including certification standards and procedures.
Midwest Organic Alliance -- Mission to stimulate demand and increase supply of certified organic products in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Interesting information targeted mostly at marketers and retailers.
National Organic Standards Board -- Summary of Recommendations -- This is summary of what the NOSB recommended to the Secretary of Agriculture, provided as a service by Bob Anderson at Cascadian Farms.
The New Organics Index -- Trends in the fast-growing organic industry.
Northeast Organic Farming Association -- Vermont -- Background and contact information.
Ontario Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) -- Chapter contacts and information.
Organic Certification in Nebraska -- Brief Extension NebFact guide from '96. Provides basic information about organic production and certification in the state.
Organic Cotton Exhibit -- Artsy, fun and graphically pleasing site makes the case for organic cotton. Enjoy the tour, then follow up by surfing their links for more information.
Organic Indiana -- Hoosier guide to farms, communities and organizations. Contacts, announcements, and links including Indiana Organic Peer Review Panel.
Organic Production Topics (Florida) -- Part of the University of Florida's Agricultural Information Retrieval System (FAIRS). Caution: Many of the links in this "organic" site lead to non-organic Extension publications. You'll have to work hard to glean the organic info here.
Organic Trade Association -- Membership organization represents the organic industry in Canada and the United States. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants, distributors and retailers.
Organic Trading and Information Center -- A site for consumers and producers of organic foods and natural products. Appears a little funky, but be sure to check out the site's active message board for marketing leads. Includes somewhat dated ('95) directory of organic certifiers. Also has the original legislative language of the 1990 Organic Foods Protection Act.
Transition to Organic Farming -- Excellent, well-organized resource from Manitoba Agriculture. Features farmer profiles, management options, certification and marketing information, Canadian organic standards, long list of print resources.
WWW Certified Organic Food -- Site's purpose is to forge open communication between Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) members. OCIA news and contact info, complete online version of OCIA Standards, How To Become Certified (including a list of certification agencies), links to farmers and more.
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