Organic farming is becoming increasingly popular in Hawaii, as it allows farmers to access larger markets and produce safe and healthy products for consumers. To ensure that their products are certified as organically produced, farmers in Oahu must adhere to certain practices. The USDA Organic Food Production Act of 1990 became law in 1993 and gave the USDA the responsibility and authority to develop national rules and regulations for organically produced agricultural products. These regulations require 95% of all ingredients in organic food products to be produced organically.
This means that farmers must use organic methods for one year before being eligible for transitional organic certification, and can be eligible for full organic certification after three years of organic production. Organic crop certification covers the production of agricultural and horticultural crops. Farmers participating in this program are starting to access new, more stable markets, such as supermarkets, which have become the fastest-growing point of sale for organic food. In order to meet these standards, farmers must focus on using techniques such as crop rotation, proper plant spacing, incorporating organic matter into the soil, and using biological controls to promote optimal plant growth and minimize pest problems. The Hawaii Organic Agriculture Association (HOFA) and the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) are two of the organizations that certify organic farmers in Hawaii. These organizations provide guidance on how to meet the standards set by the USDA and ensure that products are safe for consumption by consumers on Oahu and beyond. Organic farming is a great way for farmers in Oahu to access larger markets and provide safe and healthy products for consumers.
To do so, they must adhere to certain practices set by the USDA, such as crop rotation, proper plant spacing, incorporating organic matter into the soil, and using biological controls to promote optimal plant growth and minimize pest problems. By following these guidelines, farmers can ensure that their products are certified as organically produced and can access larger markets on Oahu and beyond.