Being a conscious consumer matters for our Earth. When you shop for organic products, you are helping to create a cleaner, healthier world. Every Pure Organic bar and snack we make requires organic ingredients, and as we grow that translates into hundreds of thousands of pounds of organic ingredients we purchase from farmers with organic farms. What is the impact of this on our Earth?
Certified Organic ingredients are:
- Grown without the use of synthetic (unnatural) pesticides which have been linked to birth defects, respiratory disorders, endocrine system disorders (like thyroid problems) and various types of cancer.
- Grown without the use of synthetic (unnatural) fertilizers like synthetic Nitrogen which pollutes our waterways, causes algae blooms, kills fish, has been linked to cancer, contributes to the destruction of the ozone and uses an enormous amount of fossil fuel to produce.
- Not treated with sewage sludge which includes human excretion, toxic household waste (like bleach and cleaning chemicals) and toxic chemicals from industry.
- Not genetically modified (non GMO) which means the DNA in organic plants has not been changed to make it resistant to pesticides. (read more)
- Not subjected to ionizing radiation which is used to kill microorganism like bacteria and viruses in food but also is known to destroy nutrients and create new compounds.
The USDA defines Organic the following way:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
Choosing organic food creates a cleaner world, a healthier food supply and ultimately a healthier and happier community. Being mindful of that on Earth Day and every day and choosing to vote for our Earth with the dollars we spend in the grocery store is a small way we can collectively make a big difference. Earth Day is next Wednesday, April 22.