Organic farming is founded on ecologically based practices such as biological pest management and the use of natural fertilizers. It differs from conventional systems by excluding genetically modified (GM) seed and livestock feed, synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones.
Organic certification in the United States is overseen by the USDA, and administered by a variety of state, non-profit and private agencies.
Jessica's Stand is certified organic by Quality Certification Services (QCS).
Read about the roots and origins of the USDA National Organic Program:
A History Of Organic Farming by the Weston A. Price Foundation
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Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification [GM], is the direct human manipulation of an organism's genome using modern DNA technology. It involves the introduction of foreign DNA or synthetic genes into the organism of interest ... The first organisms genetically engineered were bacteria in 1973 and then mice in 1974 ... GM foods were first put on the market in 1996.