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In the USA you cannot farm spirulina and achieve the USDA Certified Organic Seal yet outside countries with competing spirulina farms can. Countries such as China & India, can produce a spirulina crop, have it certified organic in their country under their organic rules and then export to the US in bulk or prepackaged in retail containers. There are companies in the USA that repack imported Spirulina and they provide foreign organic certification, which seems to meet the USDA approval and as a result receive permission to add the USDA Organic seal. In short, no USDA certified organic labeled spirulina sold in the USA was grown in the USA. What, Why, How?

Let me back up and explain the most pressing question, “Why is it not possible for United States Spirulina producers to get USDA Certified Organic approval?” In the United States “organic” is not a term that pertains to aquaculture, only agriculture. Spirulina is a micro-algae that is grown in water and…