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     What is the difference between organic farming standards and regulations?

     Standards set the frame for organic farming and processing practices. Standards are increasingly embodied in public regulations, which define the conditions for references to organic production methods on product labels. As opposed to standards, regulations are adopted and enforced by governments, for instance as laws, and therefore are legally binding. Individual associations or certification bodies may formulate their own standards, which may be more stringent that national regulations. Such private standards are not legally binding but may qualify for a certain label used by the respective association or certification body. There is at present no regulation on organic products applicable worldwide. Standards developed by IFOAM and the Codex Alimentarius Commission are international voluntary standards.

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