Celebrate the benefits of organic food during September

8 Sep

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.

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A bounty of organic vegetables from one employee’s Grinnell Heritage Farm CSA share.

Why organic?
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.

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After a fire destroyed much of their land in 2011, California organic farmers Martin and Dori were able to restore and improve their operation with support from the Simply Organic 1% Fund.

Supporting organics
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!

 

Alan MilesAbout 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.

One Response to “Celebrate the benefits of organic food during September”

  1. Unitas September 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I am looking at breaking into the Organic business. I’ve lived the last few years in China as an ESL teacher, and when I told my students it was time for me to return home, one of them approached me about helping them import their Organic Fertilizer into the States. I started researching everything Organic, and though I’ve got a ton more to learn, I’ve learned a lot.

    Strange how breaking into the Organic business has made me want to change to an organic lifestyle, but honestly, that’s what’s happening. I’ve read a lot about why Organic is good, and what Organic is, but I’ve mostly come up short on finding things to tell me how to go about going organic. Now I’m still in China, so my field recon is nil for the states, but it seems as though going Organic is not only a difficult thing to do, but an overtly expensive thing to do.

    My wife is due by year’s end with our first child and my question to you is, how can a struggling young family, conscious and caring about sustainability and the benefits of Organic production and consumption, afford to make the healthier decision?

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