What is Organic?
So, what does organic, naturally grown and sustainable mean? Not to mention pasture-raised, grassfed, and free-range. Below we have included some of the main categories and what they mean.
There is also a great article by Lynn Jenkins who goes into detail about labels. Check out what she has to say here.
The USDA National
Organic Program outlines the strict uniform
standards that farms must meet in order to
sell their products as organic. Organic growing
methods replenish soil fertility, and prohibit use of
persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Certified Naturally Grown:
certification program, administered by a nonprofit
organization, is tailored to small-scale farms that
observe growing practices based on the highest
principles and ideals of organic farming.
Sustainable growing methods aim
to produce food while minimizing damage to the
surrounding physical and social environments.
Biodynamics works with the
healthgiving forces of nature to improve the
health of the planet and its people. Farms can be
Certified Biodynamic by Demeter® USA.
Pertaining to livestock husbandry,
grassfed systems that raise livestock on pasture
are ecologically sustainable, humane, and result in
healthier meat, dairy, and eggs.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic or Sustainably-Produced Foods:
1. Protect future generations
2. Prevent soil erosion
3. Protect Water Quality
4. Save energy
5. Keep chemicals off your plate
6. Protect farm worker health
7. Help small farmers
8. Support a beneficial economy
9. Promote biodiversity
10. Taste better flavor