This is the transcript of a series that aired on NWPR the week of June 19, 2008.
"Our Organic Northwest" is a series of conversations on-air and online about organic agriculture in the Northwest.
Today, we answer more of your questions about organic agriculture. Correspondent Glenn Mosley spoke with Brad Jaeckel, the project manager for the organic farm at Washington State University in Pullman.
What does organic mean, anyway?
Organic means that the food that is labeled as organic meets USDA standards. And these are national standards that have to be followed if a producer wants to label their food organic, and that name can only be used if it is such, so to meet those standards a producer has to follow the guidelines and they're going to be different for every type of situation. Fruits and vegetables are going to have different standards then a meat producer, or a dairy producer, or a processor. So each of those different types of outfits have to follow standards. For fruits and vegetables, the main things that we have to watch out for are non-approved applications, in particular herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.