A revolutionary way to grow your organic business
To address the supply-constrained market for organic ingredients and increase domestic organic acreage, Clarkson is spearheading a movement that will revolutionize the food industry. Certified Transitional is a new farming and food processing industry certification that provides additional opportunities for food and feed manufacturers to meet consumer demand for organic products. It has been called the biggest change to the organic market since the release of the federal organic regulations.
Certified Transitional also allows family farmers to create value by getting a premium for their crops, and sell product before their acreage has fully-transitioned to Certified Organic status. Together, food manufacturers and farmers will be contributing to an overall rise in domestic organic acreage. The program is a short-term solution for today’s organic ingredients shortage, and provides long-term growth opportunities in organics for farmers and food manufacturers alike.
What is Certified Transitional?
Until now, before acreage has completed the three-year transition to organic, crops used as ingredients in food could not be classified or sold as organic. Clarkson has been working to establish a new certification whereby food and feed manufacturers will produce and sell Certified Transitional products based on the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. These value-added products will contain Certified Transitional ingredients made from crops harvested one-year after the transition to organic has begun, but before the three-year minimum transition period to become Certified Organic is completed.
Certified Transitional is fundamentally the same as organic except for the three-year regulation. Farmers and processors can be certified by the same independent companies that provide organic certification, so that moving from Certified Transitional to Certified Organic is seamless. The program is open to all food and feed manufacturers, and farmers, who want to make a sustainable difference through the growth of organics.
How will Certified Transitional help the organic industry?
The organic food industry is a $40 billion industry in the United States, and continues to grow as savvy consumers are more concerned about their food sources and the environment. Food manufacturers are facing a shortage of organic ingredients, which has resulted in a constrained growth in organic products. If the shortage can be eased, organic growth will rise.
As farmers struggle to make a profit, they are looking for opportunities to obtain a higher value for their crops and provide the products needed to meet demand. As family farms are able to provide Certified Transitional products while they are transitioning their acreage to organic, the organic industry will grow.
Thanks to Clarkson, the Certified Transitional program opens up opportunities for both manufacturer and farmer to satisfy the demand and increase profits.
Clarkson’s role in Certified Transitional
Lynn Clarkson, company founder and long-time participant in the organic industry and its organizations, saw the need for a solution to assist in the growth of organic crops and food products. The Certified Transitional program was cultivated from the company’s desire to ease the ingredient shortage, grow the domestic organic industry, and increase profits for family farmers. For food and feed manufacturers who want to be a part of this exciting new opportunity, Clarkson is ready to contract to deliver Certified Transitional corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry beans to fulfill their needs.
To learn more about the organic industry, visit our Organic Resources page.
Contact George Kalogridis at Clarkson to discuss how Certified Transitional crops can work in your applications.
George C. Kalogridis
Organic Transition Coordinator