Minnesota is home to more than 500 certified organic farms and 175 certified organic processing operations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. USDA Organic food is produced without using: most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Read more about organic standards from the USDA.
- Look for the USDA Organic label to identify organic products. Local farmers may have organically grown produce without carrying the label. If you are at a farmer’s market, ask the farmers if their food was grown organically.
- Choose one or two foods to buy organic, rather than feeling like you have to buy everything organic.
More information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Learn about agriculture
The journey your food takes from “farm to fork” is usually a mystery to you, the consumer. At the same time, agricultural and land-use practices in our state have a large impact on our environment. What are we to do? Continue learning about food and farming:
- Visit a farm where food is grown or talk to growers at a farmers’ market.
- Read more about food and the environment.
- Try growing some of your own food in your backyard, in pots, or at a community garden.