Help Protect Our Health
Organic production systems limit inputs of toxic and persistent chemicals into the environment. Choosing organic foods positively impacts our own health, the health of our children, the health of farm workers, and the health of future generations.
Support the Environment
Organic production systems support natural ecosystems by using long-term farming solutions. This restores, maintains, and enhances ecological harmony, and positively affects the health of the environment.
Support Our Future Needs
Organic farming embraces the principle that agriculture must meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.
Build a Biologically Diverse, Healthy Ecosystem
Organic agriculture respects diversity within the environment, including protection of wildlife by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
Help Protect Our Water Resources
The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen-leaching fertilizers, done in combination with organic soil building practices, contributes to the overall quality of our lakes, rivers, estuaries, ground and drinking waters.
Increase Productivity of the Land
Organic agriculture builds productive nutrient-rich soil that resists topsoil erosion, which has been linked to the agricultural practice of chemical-intensive, mono-crop farming.
Help Small Farms
Although more large-scale farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small, independently owned and operated family farms.
Support a True Economy
Buying organic is a direct investment in the long-term future of our planet. The choices we make now can free us from costly pesticide-related environmental clean-ups in the future.
Organic farmers are less reliant on non-renewable fossil fuels due to the integration of practices such as natural insect control, cover crop systems and rotation planting, and the avoidance of synthetic fertilizers, which require a high energy consuming production process.
Organic Food Tastes Great!
Chefs across the country are committed to using organic ingredients because plants from healthy soils and organically fed livestock provide us with more flavorful food. Organic foods allow true flavors to shine through!
Organic Products Meet Stringent Standards
Organic certification is the public's assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without the use of persistent and toxic chemicals.
The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is an important environmental concern. Organic growers have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades. Organic foods are never grown from genetically engineered seed.