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More Americans buying organic grown food products
More and more Americans are going organic - searching the stores for food that hasn't been genetically altered or sprayed with chemicals
Numbers from the Organic Trade Association show that 81 % of American families are now buying organic food.
But is everything marked "Organic" at the grocery store what it really claims to be?
Many consumers rely on the organic label to tell them their food is safe.
But for a farmer to get that designation, they have to meet a set of strict set of requirements.
Cane Creek Valley Farm in Fletcher is one of many organic farms in the United States to earn special certification from the USDA
The owners say the organic certification can cost thousands of dollars, and it isn't always easy to keep.
It includes submitting an annual organic system plan and inspections of the farm's fields and processing facilities.
Amanda Sizemore, Cane Creek Valley Farm " There's no fungicides, herbicides, chemicals that are used during production. Everything comes that we do spray is from a natural source."
"The USDA has their inspectors that come out twice a year. Samples are taken randomly at the warehouses where we ship and they're also taken randomly from the fields here."
Soil management, record keeping, pest control methods, cleaning and storage are also checked.
Look for the label that says "USDA" Organic to ensure your food has met the standards.
But there is no regulatory agency monitoring an un-certified organic farm's production, and their products can still be labeled "organic" in the grocery store.
The USDA does also monitor organic products coming into the US from other countries, like Canada and Mexico.