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Resources

  • National Organic ProgramFrom the USDA, explanations of organic standards and regulatory processes.
  • USDA Organic Certification – Information on what organic certification is, who does the certifying, and what can be certified.
  • The Non-GMO Project – A non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. For more information on GMO's and the Non-GMO Project, see the following Botanie Blogs: "GMO's Are Everywhere" and "More About GMO’s, Organic Soap, and Modified Crops."
  • The Organic Center – a non-profit research and education organization, based out of Washington D.C., whose mission is to gather credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming and communicate them to the public.
  • The Organic Trade Association – is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment.  
  • Organic.org – Making sense of organic labeling while educating producers and consumers on the benefits of organic agriculture, food and products.
  • Natural Food Certifiers – Certifies the natural and organic products industry, offering GMO-free, organic, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher certifications.
  • Greenpeace Palm-Oil Producers' Scorecard – The scorecard gives an overview of where palm-oil producers stand, based on a Greenpeace International review of producers’ efforts to limit impact on forests and peatlands. To read more about palm oil and the controversy surrounding it, see the following Botanie Blog: "Return of the Palm Oil Contoversy."
  • Gluten Free Certification Organization – A project of the Gluten Intolerance Group, whose mission is to support persons with gluten intolerance, celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, through consumer and industry services and programs that positively promote healthy lives. To read more about gluten sensitivity and skin-care, see this Botanie Blog: "Soap for the Gluten-Sensitive."
  • LeapingBunny.org – a project of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics to set recognized standards for cruelty-free products and practices. Once on the site, choose "Consumer Enter" to access general information and a shopping guide.
  • Organic Consumers Association – An online, grassroots public-interest and advocacy organization.
  • StopGreenwash.org – A project of Greenpeace to counteract deceptive Greenwashing campaigns and give consumers, activists, and lawmakers the information they need to address the deceptive nature of Greenwashing. To read more about Greenwashing from an organic perspective, see the following Botanie Blog: "Greenwashing: What It Is and Why It Matters."
  • Only Organic – "Organic is the Real Natural."  Only Organic is devoted to telling the story of organic agriculture and food production. 
  • Organic Soul – offers articles, advice, reviews, and ideas on natural, organic and green living, spirituality, holistic health and wellness, and sustainability, believing tha living a natural, holistic, and sustainable (eco-friendly) lifestyle should be simple and attainable for everyone
  • Bath Heaven – Natural Handmade Soaps and Bath Salts made with Essential Oils. Bath and body products made with pure essential oils and herbs for natural aromatherapy benefits. Made when you order to ensure freshness. 


Local Links

  • Made in Montana – Part of the Office of Trade & International Relations of the Montana Department of Commercehelps build recognition for products that are "authentically" Montana, meaning they are grown, created, made, and/or enhanced in the state.
  • The Good Food Store – a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting a healthy community, providing a wide selection of organic food and natural products, conducting business in an ethical and respectful manner, and donating to organizations in need.
  • Missoula Food Coop – an owner-run and collectively-managed food cooperative operating as a model for economic, social and environmental justice and sustainability through the building of partnerships with local farmers and producers and providing access to healthy, affordable, and local foods.
  • Green Path Herb School – Located in Missoula, MT, Green Path offers online and in-person classes, as well as natural health retreats, guest speaker workshops, wildcrafting trips, online herb certificate classes and programs, a school for training professional herbalists, herb books, and lots of free herbal information.
  • Missoula in Motion – helps local businesses, institutions, and individuals reduce traffic and improve air quality in the Missoula area through education and encouragement of transportation choices, which include walking, biking, car/vanpooling, telecommuting, and riding the bus.


Always Deserving of Our Support

  • KUFM / Montana Public Radio – National Public Radio for Western Montana, along with an eclectic mix of music and entertainment programs.
  • KBGA 89.9 FM – a college/community-based radio station located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream – provides cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting for children, teens, young adults, women and families affected by cancer, as well as programs for children who have a sibling or a parent with cancer.

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