Throughout 2019, state Food and Drug Administration officials have been developing standards around toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals used by growers. Two weeks ago, the CFDA working group met to address the financial burden that organic certification typically imposes on farmers. It’s part of developing the standards that will become known as OCal. Or, almost-organic farming.
- Many small farmers grow organically, but cannot afford the fees necessary to become so designated. Seeking OCal status could exempt them from that fee.
- CFDA is also considering means of quantifying how OCal growers track plant additives.