The Garden State Sets Organic Standards
Submitted by tgeink on November 29, 2013 - 16:23
The label 'organic' carries rights and regulations.
While what is Organic can vary from state to state, in New Jersey farmers must have:
- 3 years with no application of prohibited materials (no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs) prior to harvest of the first certified organic crop;
- Implementation of an Organic System Plan, with proactive fertility systems;
- Conservation measures; environmentally sound manure, weed, disease, and pest
- Management practices; and soil building crop rotation systems;
- Use of natural inputs and/or approved synthetic substances on the National List;
- No use of prohibited substances while certified;
- No use of genetically engineered organisms, (GMOs)
- No sewage sludge or irradiation;
- Use of organic seeds, when commercially available;
- Use of organic seedlings for annual crops;
- Restrictions on use of raw manure and compost;
- Maintenance of buffer zones, depending on risk of contamination; and
- No residues of prohibited substances exceeding 5% of the EPA tolerance.
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