Organic Foods

Organic foods and organic agriculture are quickly producing ever-greater interest from the consuming public. The increased consumer demand has spurred organic industries to develop across the United States. The advanced demand partly responds to widespread use of synthetic chemicals in the growing and handling of food products and the overuse of pesticides. Consumers have lost confidence in the corrupted use of such substances, which still all have unknown effects on the human systems. Meanwhile, once-rare or undiscovered diseases and disorders explode and become commonplace. Total U.S. sales of organic food and non-food products were nearly $28.7 billion in 2010, a 9.7-percent hike from 2009, according to the 2011 Organic Industry Survey, a report produced by the Organic Trade Association. The report also finds U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have increased to $26.7 billion in 2010, from just $1 billion in 1990.  The 2010 figure represents a 7.7-percent increase over 2009 sales. Organic fruits and vegetables saw the most growth, an 11.8-percent rise from 2009, OTA report states. Humate, a natural, organic compound, should be a key part of the organic crop production system and your own organic plan. In 1990, Congress enacted the Organic Food Productions Act (“OFPA”) which can be found at 7 U.S.C. § 6501, et seq. The OFPA responded to problems in the organic industry, at the request of its trade associations, which had attempted to establish national voluntary organic certification programs. Needless to say, voluntary agreements of such broad fields are difficult to develop and reaching consensus on national standards is even more difficult. But, Congress, in response to organic industry trade association petitions, established a mandatory national organic program through the OFPA. The purposes of the OFPA as set forth in § 2102 (7 U.S.C. § 6501) are to:
  1. Establish National standards governing the marketing of certain agricultural products as organically produced products;
  2. Assure consumers that organically produced products meet a consistent standard; and
  3. Facilitate commerce in fresh and processed foods that are organically produced.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated a rule making proceeding Dec. 15, 1997 by proposing a comprehensive set of National standards for the production, processing and labeling of organic foods. The proposal defines exactly which products can be labeled as organic and under what circumstances the organic food industry could use the U.S.D.A. seal of certification on foods, raw and processed, that meet the stringent new definitions. An organic plan is required. The regulations replace a patchwork of about 33 private and 11 state organic certification agencies, each with their own standards and identifying marks. They cleared up the consumer confusion caused by the mishmash of seals, labels and logos used by private certifiers and state programs. Before the standards, there was no industry-wide agreement on accepted list of substances permitted or prohibited for use in organic production and handling. While the organic industries had developed and begun to grow, the lack of national organic standards impeded the farmers and handlers from taking full advantage of international markets and a growing domestic market to the fullest extent possible. National uniform standards have accelerated the immense growth of organic agriculture, which has evolved from the holistic, back-to-the-earth movements that highlighted the 1990′s, to one of the hottest niches of growth in the U.S. agricultural business. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its National List, has identified a list of natural (non-synthetic) substances acceptable for use in organic crop production. Humate, as a mined source, and humic-acid derivatives are organic compounds and are on the list of natural substances approved for use in organic crop production. The inclusion of humate and humic-acid derivatives on the list is based on the conclusions of the existing scientific data and studies on humate. U-Mate International actively participates in the growth and development of all organic industries, not only as a supplier, but also as a source of reliable data and studies with an aim towards fostering the growth and development of humate, humate derivatives and organic farming, as a whole, as well as other clean, green or organic agricultural and energy technologies. We believe that humate will be valuable a part of your organic plan under the OFPA to assist you in having your operation certified as an organic farm or organic handler. Please contact U-Mate International Inc. to see how we can meet your needs.