CERTIFIER: Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

WEB SITE www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/organic
NOP INFORMATION organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=19
HEADQUARTERS Broomfield, CO
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONS CO, NE
ACCREDITED SCOPES CROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

CDA is known for favoring and facilitating factory-organic livestock production, especially with laying hens and dairy operations. They also certify hydroponic production despite language in the organic regulations requiring soil. They certify some of the industrial dairies operated by Aurora. Based on investigations by The Cornucopia Institute, the Washington Post and the USDA (illustrated in documents secured under the Freedom of Information Act) CDA operated improperly and was recommended to be suspended from livestock certification by the NOP. It seems they have now come to an agreement and voluntarily withdrawn from accepting new certified entities.

CERTIFIER STANDING: Undermining the true meaning of organics

Criteria Comments
Hydroponic Details Certifies hydroponic operations.
Material Review Unconfirmed
Fee Structure See website for more information.
Inspectors Unconfirmed
Imports Unconfirmed
Farm Sizes Unconfirmed
Outdoor Access for Poultry Certifies egg porches (improper outdoor access).
Pasture Access This certifier accredits factory-style dairy operations.
Livestock Alterations Unconfirmed
Origin of Livestock Unconfirmed
Antibiotics in Livestock Unconfirmed
Inspections Unconfirmed
Residue Testing Unconfirmed
Producer Unconfirmed