Standards

Certified Naturally Grown

Certified Naturally Grown

Governing Organization

Certified Naturally Grown

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Auditing / Certification Body

Certified Naturally Grown

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

Environmental Management, Organic

Description

Certified Naturally Grown farmers and beekeepers share a commitment to work within the natural biological cycles that are necessary for a truly sustainable farming system - a system that works in harmony with micro-organisms, soil flora and fauna, pollinators, plants and animals. CNG offers certification of the following types of operations: Produce (including maple), Apiaries (for honey), and Livestock (including poultry and eggs).  A set of internationally accepted standards and practices for organic agriculture exists, but there is always discussion around the edges of what should officially be considered organic. We took the USDAs Organic standards as a starting point for our produce and livestock programs, to minimize confusion. As a private non-profit organization, we have the freedom to set our own standards, and we have chosen to do so in particular instances. CNGs apiary standards were generated from scratch (the NOP does not define standards for beekeepers) but in keeping with organic principles.  Certified Naturally Grown is not affiliated with the USDA National Organic Program. Our certification programs do not confer permission to use the word organic.

Sustainability Issues

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