Since the dawn of the organic movement, manufacturers have been eager to earn the respect of the backyard gardeners seeking natural solutions. The problem is that claiming your product is organic is a lot easier than actually making it so.

In fact, one of the early problems for organic consumers was that there was no firm, legal definition of what “organic” even meant. Does “organic” mean the same as “natural” and how far back does one need to track a product to certify it as organic or natural? These are complex questions that ultimately were answered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These key definitions ended up being somewhat stuffy, so we boiled them down for you:

  • What is Organic? According to the USDA, a product can be called organic if it was developed in an environmentally-friendly manner. Further, organic products can’t be produced using synthetic fertilizers, sewage, irradiation and genetic engineering.
  • What is Natural? The USDA explains that only meat, poultry and eggs can be called ‘Natural,’ and that label is only to be applied to those products that have no artificial ingredients and have been minimally processed. As a further clarification, a ‘natural’ label has nothing to do with the methods in which the meat, poultry or eggs were produced.

With those definitions settled, there was still one lingering problem: What about the products used to develop these organic and natural foods? Who monitors those and how can a consumer trust that a food labeled organic wasn’t treated with a synthetic insecticide or other treatment that might alter its nutrition levels?

With that in mind, the USDA recruited the Organic Materials Review Institute, best known as OMRI. The USDA has OMRI to focus on the input products used in food production – fertilizers, pesticides, livestock health care products and a number of other products. OMRI works to ensure that all the substances used in organic production meet rigorous, federally set standards.

The input products that meet those standards are then added to OMRI’s list of products approved for use in organic production and can display the OMRI Listed® logo on their packaging.


Since its founding, Safer® Brand has put its focus on creating products that help organic producers. As a result, Safer® Brand now offers more than 30 products that have earned the coveted OMRI Listed® seal. 

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