Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

Definition - What does Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) mean?

The Organic Materials Review Institute, or OMRI, is the only organization in the world that is solely dedicated to ensuring that the inputs used in agribusiness applications are organic and in line with USDA mandates for certified organic products.

The ORMI is an international, nonprofit organization that raises most of its operating funds from fees charged to input manufacturers and developers. At this time, the OMRI-approved catalog includes over 5,000 products available to business owners and consumers.

MaximumYield explains Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

The term “organic” has taken on a much more complex definition than most consumers realize today. In order to be certified as being organic, a producer must undergo an inspection and certification process that looks at everything from the type of fertilizers used on soil to the presence of insecticides, growth inhibitors and more.

The Organic Materials Review Institute works hand-in-hand with the USDA in this process, but does not certify foods as being organic. In fact, they have nothing to do with the output of food-related businesses.

The Organic Materials Review Institute, or OMRI, is solely concerned with the inputs to agribusiness operations. This includes everything from fertilizers to feed ingredients to processing aids.

Because the OMRI focuses specifically on inputs, rather than on outputs (the actual food grown or raised by the business), its members are able to provide significant expertise in not only helping business owners identify organic inputs to use within their business, but in determining what products meet the “organic” label requirements in the first place.

Farmers and growers are able to purchase products (inputs) with the OMRI seal on the packaging and enjoy peace of mind knowing that the product is in line with organic requirements.

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