Challenges Unique to Organic Farmers


Despite a 6% nationwide increase in sales in 2017, organic farms still only amount to about 1% or less of the total farmland acreage in the United States. That is because organic farmers face many challenges that other farmers do not face, some which are listed below. If you own an organic farm or are planning to open one in the near future, let us take care of your legal needs so you can focus on doing what you do best. Contact the Los Angeles and San Francisco business law attorneys at De Cardenas Law Group to have all your legal needs taken care of while you dedicate your efforts to growing and selling organic foods.

Organic Farmers can Not Use Typical Shortcuts and Efficiencies

The biggest difference between organic farms and other farms in terms of the farming process is probably the steep increase in care required of organic farmers. While most farmers are able to spray their entire farm with pesticides and use fertilizer, organic farmers have to be much more careful with what they use to care for their crops.

Taking Care of the Soil can be Tedious

Along those same lines, it is much more tedious for organic farmers to tend to their soil since organic farmers need to ensure that only organic products are being used in it. While there are many theories as to best practices for tending to the soil, most include using some form of manure. More research is needed to determine the optimal composition of manure and timing of the fertilization process.

Getting an Organic Certification is Costly and Time Consuming

The process by which organic farmers must secure organic certification for their foods is costly and time consuming. The rules for securing certification are vague and can be difficult to understand, and the paperwork is lengthy and headache-inducing. It certainly is no walk in the park for an organic farmer to obtain this valuable certification.

Organic Foods do Not Always Meet the Aesthetic Requirements of Customers

Consumers have certain expectations when they go to the grocery store: They look for the biggest, most brilliantly colored fruits and the most flawless vegetables. However, organic foods do not always look as perfect as foods that have been doused in chemicals. There are sometimes holes in the vegetables, and the produce does not always turn out as big and full looking as non-organic produce. This can deter consumers from purchasing organic farmers’ produce and harm their profit.

Contact a California Food Lawyer Today

Despite the challenges of organic farming, the rewards far outweigh any roadblocks. However, as the owner of an organic farm, you have enough to worry about without having to also worry about your business’ legal needs. The food lawyers at De Cardenas Law Group understand this and are passionate about helping organic farms in California thrive and expand. Contact us online or at 626-577-6800 (Los Angeles) or 415-590-4869 (San Francisco) today to schedule an appointment with one of our business and food law attorneys.