National Pesticide Information Center



Regulating Organic Food Production

Organic foods are produced by farmers that do not use many of the conventional synthetic pesticides, rather they use only specific pesticides defined by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP). Organic food production under the NOP is defined by the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990. In addition to regulating the pesticides and other chemicals that can be used in organic food production, the NOP also regulates the harvest and handling of those foods as well as the organic claims on the product labels.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated December 23, 2015