Lexicon: Organic Certifications

In some countries, organic standards are formulated and overseen by the government. Being able to put the word “organic” on a food product is a valuable marketing advantage in today’s consumer market, but does not guarantee the product is legitimately organic. Certification is intended to protect consumers from misuse of the term, and make buying organics easy. Be aware that organic control differs from regions and country.

Australia: Australian Certified Organic

Belgium: “Biogarantie”

Canada: Canada Organic – Biologique Canada

China: Two Standards: A and AA; while the former standard does permit some use of synthetic agricultural chemicals

EU, member countries: European Union logo

France: AB – Agriculture Biologique

German speaking countries: Demeter

Germany: BIO (Germany uses also EU logo)

Greece: BIOHELLAS and DIO

India: India Organic (by Apeda, equal to USDA)

Japan: JAS

Sweden: KRAV (Sweden uses also EU logo)

United States: USDA Organic

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