‘Organic’ refers to a way of growing and processing food that considers cycling of resources, promotion of ecological balance and conservation of diversity. This system promotes healthy soil as a means of producing strong plants which are resistant to pests and diseases. Organic agriculture focuses on sustaining the health and productivity of soil, plants, animals and people. Food grown and processed organically is free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms.
Organic growers and producers must be certified by independent agents in order to label their products as such. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration administers rules for organic production and distribution. Many states also have their own organic certification process.
Why Buy Organic
- No harmful additives. Many food additives are approved for use, but most are not permitted in the organic food process. Those that are allowed are not considered to be harmful.
- Free of pesticides. Synthetic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are not allowed in organic farming practices.
- GMO free. Organic standards prohibit the inclusion of genetically modified crops and ingredients in any certified organic products.
- No reliance on drugs. Organic standards prohibit the use of antibiotics in animal food.
- Protects the health of farmers. The constant use of pesticides poses a significant health risk to farm workers.
- Tastes better. Many folks have reported that organic food tastes better and more alive.
- High standards. Regulations require that all organic growers and food producers maintain a record of their products and must have them verified by an independent third party certifier.
- No hidden costs. Non-organic crops contain hidden costs such as pesticide regulation, hazardous waste disposal, and environmental damage.
- Promotes biodiversity. Organic practices focus on balance between the needs of the earth, plants, people and animals.
- Saves energy. Organic farmers rely heavily on labor intensive practices, i.e. weeding by hand. Non-organic farms consume a larger amount of petroleum than any other industry.