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Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soil, ecosystem and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.
Until the early 1950s, Indian food was Organic. In the 1950s USA (USDA standards), Switzerland (Biosuisse), European Union ( EU standards), Japan (JAS standards) and India (NPOP standards) adopted the western standards set by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM).
Organic agriculture is critical for maintaining the health of the eco system, the farmers and the health of organic food consumers. Not all produce termed organic is actually certified as organic. The chances are that the produce you find under organic produce might not qualify as organic in actuality. Hence the importance of buying certified organic produce
Who is the certifying authority?
Organic food Certification is provided by Third Party Organic certification agencies which are accredited by National and International bodies. In India, there are about 16 agencies accredited by APEDA and IFOAM.
Manas has certification contracts with:
1. INDOCERT – agency being promoted by Swiss Import Promotion Organization ( Swiss Government agency)
2. Spices Board of India - The agency does inspection of farms, chemical residue analysis of produce and farm records to provide certification.
Manas also has a certification relationship with SGS and National Organic Certification Agency (NOCA)