What does Organic Mean?
Organic products are grown under a system of agriculture without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides with an environmentally and socially responsible approach. This is a method of farming that works at grass root level preserving the reproductive and regenerative capacity of the soil, good plant nutrition, and sound soil management, produces nutritious food rich in vitality which has resistance to diseases.
Organic Standards in Brief
- No toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides
- No sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers
- No GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- No antibiotics
- No synthetic growth hormones
- No irradiation
ORGANIC FOOD FAQ
What are the benefits of organic food?
Avoiding agricultural chemicals is one of the top reasons to eat organic food. In general, according to research by The Hartman Group, consumers who buy organic products cite health/nutrition, taste and food safety as the top motivators for their purchases. Environmental effects are also a strong reason to buy and eat organic products.
Is organic food healthier?
There is growing research that indicates greater amounts of certain nutrients in organic crops compared to conventional crops. If you’re concerned about pesticides, the application of potentially harmful, long-lasting pesticides and fertilizers are not allowed in organic agriculture. The EPA considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer-causing.
How is organic better for the environment?
Organic farming, by definition, does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater. Organic farming also replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways. Additionally, unique types of crops and livestock are more likely to be raised organically, which helps to keep the gene pool for food products diversified and thus help avoid extinction due to species-specific issues.
Do organic foods taste better?
We think so, and many chefs and food lovers agree. Basically, well-balanced soils grow strong, healthy plants that taste great. In addition, research is indicating that increased levels of phytochemicals produced by organic plants to fight pests are also responsible for aromas and flavors.
Do organic foods generally cost more than conventional foods?
Well, yes, many organic products do cost more. The good news is that the price of organic foods is increasingly competitive as supply continues to rise. The most available organic products may cost just a few bucks more than their conventional counterparts. Prices for organic products reflect many of the same costs as non-organic items in terms of growing, harvesting, transportation and storage, but organic products must meet stricter regulations governing all of these steps. The process is often more labor-intensive and requires more detailed management. Organic farmers have the added cost of what it takes to get organic certification, and government programs do not subsidize organic farming to the extent they subsidize much conventional farming.
Are organic products non-GMO?
Yes, indeed. Organic standards prohibit GMOs. So, simply by choosing organic, you are also choosing non-GMO.