By Alan Miles
In 1979, organics were new and unproven in the marketplace. That year, Frontier became the United States’ first major herb and spice supplier to provide certified organic products, and we’ve increased the number of organics in our product lines every year since then.
The Organic Trade Association — which maintains the wonderfully informative Organic. It’s Worth It site — first declared September as Organic Harvest Month in 1992 to promote organic food and agriculture through regional and local events. We’ve been celebrating the steady growth of organics ever since.
Organic products represent a shift toward a value system that we believe is good for us all. Organic growing eliminates dangerous chemicals that contaminate our land, water and air — decreasing health risks to growers and protecting our planet. And, of course, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not allowed in certified organic products.
Organic farmers are committed to the health and well being of workers, consumers and the environment. They respect both the delicate balance of nature and the integrity of the plants they grow. They strive to protect the air, soil and precious water reserves by using earth-friendly pest-control methods such as crop rotation and beneficial insects, and they employ growing practices that enrich the land for the crops of the future.
That’s why we buy local organic food for our on-site Café — and why we’ve created a drop-off for the Grinnell Heritage Farms CSA (community supported agriculture) shares at Frontier, giving our employees access to local, organic produce to take home.
Beyond that, our Simply Organic brand gives back 1% of sales to support organic agriculture through the Simply Organic 1% fund, helping us to actively promote organic growing around the world. Additionally, we buy directly from small organic farmers and provide organic training and certification information. Our Well Earth sustainable sourcing program is at the forefront of this effort, developing new organic suppliers and funding projects like organic training in Sri Lanka, India and University of California at Santa Cruz, and even providing clean water wells in Madagascar.
We celebrate organics all year long here at Frontier, but we’re still glad to see them get a little extra attention this month.
How are you celebrating organic food this month? Join us in celebrating by sharing a photo of one thing you choose organic on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #1thingorganic!
About the Author: Alan explores ideas and issues related to a sustainable lifestyle — from cooking and culture to social and environmental responsibility. He enjoys Shakespeare, but not as much as college basketball. Alan is a family man, liking nothing better than spending time with his wife of 33 years, his four kids and four grandkids.