We’re excited to have you part of the Oregon Tilth community.
At Oregon Tilth, we prioritize social, environmental and economic investments as measures of our impact. Our founders understood that organic certification is much bigger than a logo. It’s a worldview that demands change in how we do business around food.
Here are some helpful tools to help you with your organic certification throughout your first year and beyond.
MISSION + MESSAGING
Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Our mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges. We advance this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, policy and the marketplace.
Over the past 40 years, Oregon Tilth has led the way in organic agriculture and sustainable production methods, playing a leading role in the formation of a federal USDA National Organic Program and expanding organic sustainability beyond agriculture to textiles and other products. As an accredited organic certifier, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) is internationally recognized for its leadership, innovative educational work and advocacy for organic. We ensure quality throughout a product’s journey to the consumer by providing a system of strict production standards, on-site inspections and legally binding contracts to protect producers and buyers of organic products.
We believe in a holistic approach to food production and encourage producers to create organic systems that improve soils, preserve natural resources and minimize public health risks. Our work with processors, handlers and marketers of organic products ensures the organic integrity of products from the farm to the table, and everything in between.
OREGON TILTH PROGRAM STATISTICS
As an accredited organic certifier, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) is internationally recognized for its leadership, innovative educational work and advocacy for organic. We ensure quality throughout a product’s journey to the consumer by providing a system of strict production standards, on-site inspections and legally binding contracts to protect producers and buyers of organic products.
Our certification services are growing and available throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. We recognize the increasing reach and impact of organic products and offer certification services for the following:
- commercial producers of organic crops and livestock
- processors of organic foods, feed and fiber
- handlers of organic products such as packers, brokers, distributers and wholesalers
- marketers of processed or co-packed organic products
- restaurants and retailers specializing in organic fare
Recent Program Statistics:
For clients certified by the Oregon Tilth Certification program, several logos are available for show certification status. All new labels where Oregon Tilth logos are used to represent certification must be reviewed and approved by OTCO program staff prior to print. On your packaging, certified clients are free to use either the Oregon Tilth or OTCO logo to showcase organic status. Please do not modify the Oregon Tilth logos, including color, fonts and distortion of the shape. For specifications on the USDA NOP logo usage, please review our labelling guide or visit http://amsu.usda.gov for detailed regulations.Download Logos
Whether your product is certified to the USDA NOP Standards, NSF ANSI/305, COR or SAGARPA, we developed labelling guides to ensure your packaging and product is in compliance.
- USDA NOP Organic Labeling & Composition Guide
- Canada Organic Labeling and Regulations Guide
- Mexico Organic Regulations: Organic Labeling & Composition Guide
- NSF ANSI/305 Labelling Guide
BENEFITS OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE + FOOD PRODUCTION
- Organic Market Growth: The organic market continues to grow, providing market incentives for U.S. farmers across a broad range of products. Organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly 3 out of 4 conventional grocery stores. Organic sales account for over 4 percent of total U.S. food sales.
- Health: We know how important health is for a vibrant community. Unfortunately, many of the harmful materials used to manage our food production and public spaces end up in the worst place imaginable: us. Certified organic food reduces our exposure to pesticides. One recent study revealed that eating an organic diet cut pesticide exposure for adults by 89 percent. Parents continue to be leading advocates for environmental health, citing a desire to avoid toxins, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms as top reasons to choose organic foods.
- Environment and Conservation: Destruction of habitat has reduced the variety of plants and animals to the point of risks for agriculture. And yes, agriculture plays a big part in contributing to these problems. The methods we undertake to meet these challenges in sustainable agriculture are not simply cut-and-paste models. Some farms can help conserve trees for multiple uses or restore and create forests. Some farms are working to reverse climate change by returning carbon into the Earth’s crust. Some farms do simple magic with the wonders of cover crops. What’s the bottom line? Protecting habitat and increasing biodiversity on farms leads to enhanced production.
- Social Equity and Food Justice: To fix systemic problems, you can’t just bring a box of fruits and vegetables into disadvantaged communities. Increasing accessibility to good food requires innovation and new models. We depend on an invisible group of people that get no benefits or recognition. It doesn’t help that our stereotype of farmers simply doesn’t ring true. But more work needs to be done to protect women in agriculture and the children of migrant farmworkers needed to support our food system. And progress needs to make sure that people are always put first in the face of change. It will require us to find opportunities to elevate whole communities that make our food future brighter.
GET CONNECTED + SHARE YOUR STORY
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