Agriculture & Food
The USDA National Organic Program and the Effort to Maintain Organic Food Integrity
The organic food industry is the fastest-growing sector in American retail grocery sales, reaching $47 billion, or 6.4%, of total grocery sales of $822 billion in 2017. It is unlikely that any major law firm in America does not have clients that produce, transport, distribute, or sell organic foods. Advising food industry clients who inquire about the costs and benefits of the complex, critical, and often costly transitioning to organic certification requires an understanding of the basic regulatory issues presented in this article, including the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), international trade agreements, and standards for organic integrity.