Better for you and the environment!
What is organic? Organic agriculture is defined as a system of farming practices based on principles of human, animal, and environmental health. Organic farming is essentially about avoiding the use of synthetic chemicals in favor of naturally occurring pesticides, fertilizers, and other growing aids that are better for you and the environment. According to BBC News, “organic agriculture can bring environmental benefits by increasing farmland wildlife and soil quality while reducing energy use, carbon emissions, pesticide and nitrate pollution”. There are three basic ways to ensure that what you are eating is truly organic. You can grow your own (very fun, rewarding and saves money), buy from a local farmer you trust, or buy USDA Organic. The National Organic Program (NOP) is the only federal certification body that certifies organic food in the U.S. Foods labeled USDA Organic must originate from farms, processors, and importers that have been approved by an this regulatory body and abide by strict ‘national organic standards’. To view the USDA Organic website click here.