What Does “Organic” Mean and Why Does It Matter to my Family?
When we sold produce during our first five years, our farm was certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (“CCOF”). Although the farm no longer holds this certification, we continue to garden using the same organic and sustainable practices as we always have. We encourage you to purchase produce from farms certified by CCOF. Its certification process is stringent and ensures that you and your family are eating the healthiest fruits and vegetables available. Farmers who are willing to be accountable to the public about their farming practices are farmers you can trust. You can find their farms here.
Organic food is produced without using harmful or toxic pesticides, sewage sludge, petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organic eggs come from animals that are not cloned, or given antibiotics or growth hormones. Source: CCOF
If you care about –
eating food with higher amounts of vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron,
ensuring synthetic fertilizers do not pollute our creeks and rivers,
promoting larger populations of bees and song birds,
limiting the release of carbon dioxide into the environment,
protecting our girls from food with hormone additives that have been linked to the early onset of puberty, and
ensuring our children do not eat food with antibiotics, which may well be contributing to increasing resistance to antibiotics …
Then, buy organic!
If you want to know the chemicals that you might eat on conventional food, but not on organic food, then read this.