Wednesday April 26, 2017
What is Organic Food?
Although standards vary worldwide, organic farmers strive to maintain ecological balance and conserve biodiversity using sustainable farming practices. Organic foods are not processed using genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Are the terms "natural" and "organic" interchangeable?
"Natural" and "organic" are not interchangeable. Terms such as "natural", "all natural," "free-range" or "hormone-free" are not the same as "organic." Before a food can be labeled "organic" a USDA inspector visits the farm or facility where the food is produced to ensure all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards are met. Only foods grown and processed according to USDA organic standards can be labeled "organic" and carry the USDA organic seal on the packaging.
Why is organic food important for the soil?
Organic farming encourages soil and water conservation. Farmers growing organic produce don't use conventional methods or harmful pesticides for fertilizing or pest control. Instead, farmers use natural fertilizers such as manure to nourish soil and plants. Crop rotation is another soil conservation method. Crop rotation naturally maintains soil fertility, control pests and reduce disease.
Why does organic cost more?
Organic farms don’t receive federal subsidies or grants. Organic farming is also more labor intensive than conventional farming. Finally, organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms. When it comes to the farmer, quality is far more important than quantity.
Does organic food taste better?
Taste definitely varies per individual, but millions of consumers believe that organic food does in fact taste better. Since organic food is grown in naturally mineral enriched soil, it makes sense that organic food tastes great.
Is organic better for your health?
Although the jury is still out, the fact is that organic food is not prepared or farmed using harmful chemicals. Therefore organic food will not contain chemicals or traces of chemicals that may harm the body. This is especially important for young children and nursing mothers.
Recent research suggests that choosing organic food can lead to increased intake of antioxidants while simultaneously reducing exposure to heavy metals. According to a 10-year study conducted by the University of California, organic tomatoes farmed in an organic environment contain 79% more quercetin and 97% more kaempferol compared their conventionally grown counterparts.
What to do with this information?
While the choice is yours we can promise you one thing: We at Hawaiian Organic Noni NEVER use chemicals, pesticides, or solvents on our farm.
You can rest assured when you receive our noni products they contain pure unadulterated organic noni. Whether you use the Noni Fruit Leather or the Noni Lotions, you will receive all 165 naturally occurring compounds at a 14:1 ratio compared to conventional noni products.
Being a small family farm, each tree is loved and cared for by hand. We use various sustainable methods such as vermicomposting, wind energy to power the dehydrator that makes noni fruit leather, and solar voltaic pumps to water noni trees.
We do our very best to mimic mother nature and conserve natural resources.
Do you prefer organic? Tell us your story!