KOYO follows the definition presented by the NOSB in April of 1995 in Orlando, FL. The NOSB is the National Organic Standards Board. QAI is Woodstock’s certifying agency. The definition reads as follows:
"Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
‘Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.
Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.
Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people."
Certified Organic Certified Organic means that a nonprofit, state or private certification organization, accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has verified that products labeled as "organic" meet the strictly defined organic standards. Woodstock enlists the services of QAI to certify our organic products. QAI certifies to the USDA NOP guidelines.
Certified Organic Packaging Claims 100% Organic - Products labeled as “100 percent organic” must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients and processing aids. These products may feature the USDA Organic seal on its packaging.
Organic - Products labeled “organic” must consist of at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). Any remaining product ingredients must consist of nonagricultural substances approved on the National List including specific non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form. These products may feature the USDA Organic seal on its packaging.
Made With Organic - Processed products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients can use the phrase “made with organic ingredients” and list up to three of the organic ingredients or food groups on the principal display panel. The USDA seal is not permitted on the packaging.
The relationship between Organic and Non-GMO Buying organic foods offers some assurance against the risks of genetic engineering because GM substances are prohibited in organic production. There are external factors, such as drifting, that could cause contamination of an organic crop, therefore Woodstock also enrolls its products for Non-GMO Verification with the Non-GMO Project.