Consumer Education

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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Making Educated Food Choices

Consumers are more food-conscious than ever and want to make smart choices by purchasing healthy food for their families. However, food labels and seals can be confusing, misleading, and sometimes even false. As competing eco-labels continue to saturate the marketplace—from “Non-GMO” to “All Natural”—shoppers are confused about how to make the best choice. Learn about why organic is non-GMO and more.

To tackle one area of consumer confusion that directly impacts certified organic growers’ sales, CCOF launched the Buy Certified Organic campaign in 2011. The CCOF Foundation prints  and distributes tens of thousands of “Buy Certified Organic” postcards at farmers’ markets and supermarkets annually. Each postcard includes a “Organic is Non-GMO & More” magnet and an an explanation of why it is important to purchase foods that are certified organic.

Each spring, CCOF invites certified organic producers to order cards free of cost to distribute to their customers. Supplies are limited. Make sure you receive our newsletter so you don't miss the sign-up announcement!

For more information please contact the CCOF Foundation at (831) 423-2263 or at