Organic 101 - Organic Basics, Products & Policy
By Jennifer Chait, About.com Guide
Organics can be confusing - even if you've been following organic issues for a while. If you're brand new to organics or just need to brush up on key organic topics, the following resources will provide helpful information about organic basics, organic policy, organic products and offer tips about why organics are so important for people and the planet.
What Organic Means
Sort through the often confusing world of organic definitions.
- Definition of Certified Organic
- When is Organic Really Organic
- How NOP Defines Organic
- The USDA Seal Equals Real Organics
- Organic Integrity
What Organic DOES NOT Mean
Learn about terms commonly confused with "organic" and find out why organic doesn't always mean "eco-friendly."
Why Organics Matter
Organics benefit people and the planet in many ways.
Organic Food & Other Products
Learn about all kinds of organic products, along with some products that cannot be certified organic.
U.S. Organic Regulations
A working knowledge of basic U.S. organic policies and regulations is important if you're planning a career in the U.S. organic industry.
- What is the National Organic Program?
- Organic Foods Production Act
- Find NOP Standards
- The National List
- State Organic Programs
International Organic Regulations
The global organic industry is growing, so if you're stepping out of the U.S., here's what you need to know about international organic policy.