materials that have a low impact on the
environment. Organic production systems
replenish and maintain soil fertility,
reduce the use of toxic and persistent
pesticides and fertilizers, and build
biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party
certification organizations verify that
organic farmers abide by the law.
What does it mean to be certified?
In order for coffee to be certified and sold
as organic in the United States, it must be
produced in accordance with U.S. standards
for organic production and certified by an
agency accredited by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. U.S. requirements for coffee
production include farming without synthetic
pesticides or other prohibited substances for
three years and a sustainable crop rotation
plan to prevent erosion, the depletion of soil
nutrients, and control for pests.