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The West Michigan Growers Group is committed to promoting transparency around the growing practices of our farmers. In our Farm Directory, each farm is able to tell you a little about how they grow. Some of our farms have chosen to become USDA Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown in order to make it easier for consumers to understand their growing practices. If you have questions or concerns around how your food is being raised you should always feel comfortable to ask your questions to your farmer directly.
USDA Certified Organic
Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use.
Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards. These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
Certified Naturally Grown
The Certified Naturally Grown website describes the certification as:
"Certified Naturally Grown farmers don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. CNG livestock are raised mostly on pasture and with space for freedom of movement. Feed must be grown without synthetic inputs or genetically modified seeds."