The term organic has become more common than ever in the last decade as consumers look for products with that label. Everything from seafood, meat, produces to skincare supplements. But, unfortunately, such consumers don’t know what it means and its importance.
WherezHemp, a hemp consultancy and online directory site, has explained to make you better aware of the USDA certified organic guidelines and how they are applicable to the hemp/CBD industry as it is important for your business. Once you know what they are, you can make an informed decision regarding them.
In 2018, the hemp farm received the organic certification for the first time shortly after the passing of the Farm Bill that made hemp a legitimate crop in the US. There are strict requirements that farmers need to fulfill for certified organic crops that include the things such as soil conditions, crop processes, and quality control. The four main factors that are considered that made crop deemed organic are:
- Crop’s effect on ecosystem and environment
- Risk of contamination during manufacturing, disposal, or use
- Farming practices should be sustainable
- Importance of the crop to medicine or food
Hemp/CBD processors started applying for USDA organic certification in anticipation of the 2018 Farm Bill. It helps to stand ahead in the competition, safety assurances and promises quality to customers. Provided the state has of the hemp farmer has an approved pilot program. The imported hemp is often classified as organic, meeting guidelines and regulations.
Crops must fulfill the following criteria to be certified as organic hemp:
- Must use non-genetically modified, pure, untreated hemp seeds
- The soil must be 100% fertilized naturally always, from the planting time through the harvest
- Completely free from growth hormones, as they disrupt the hormones of plants and ultimately yours if consumed
- Free from all kinds of radiation, most importantly beta-radiation in the water/irrigation system and soil
- Plants are kept healthy to cure and prevent fungal, parasite, and bacterial diseases
The farmer who is seeking to have the organic certification for their hemp crop must plan. The land you are planning to crop must be free from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers for three years before the hemp crop they wish to get organically certified is harvested.
Hemp is specifically challenging to certify organic as it is considered a “bio-accumulator.” It means that it accumulates or absorbs the things from the environment it is growing in, including good and bad. Thus, farmers must be extra vigilant to monitor that the above criteria are being met through the entire process of sowing and growing.
You can get the certified organic label applied to the hemp plants along with all its products, as long as the THC threshold of 0.3% is maintained. It also includes CBD products such as CBD oil.
However, the organic certification process for hemp is complicated and needs rigorous checks following annual inspections and reviews. So, the experts at WherezHemp are experienced and qualified enough to get you through with your USDA organic certification for your hemp crop and products.