In addition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, food suppliers can now have there products certified organic by an independent third party. Quality Assurance International (QAI), based in San Diego, requires that, “food must be grown without synthetic pesticides or bioengineered genes. Livestock cannot be given antibiotics or growth hormones, and must be given access to the outdoors.” Also, the organic foods are not allowed to make contact with non-organic foods.
A shift is slowly taking place in which organics are no longer shoved into a “hippy corner” of supermarkets. With this additional organic certification, organics are becoming more and more mainstream