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:
- Establish National standards governing the marketing of certain agricultural products as organically produced products;
- Assure consumers that organically produced products meet a consistent standard; and
- Facilitate commerce in fresh and processed foods that are organically produced.
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