Cut through the hype – what does “Organic” actually mean?
“Organic” – we’ve all heard of it, most of us know we should care about it, but is “eating organic” really that important or has it just become a buzz word used to justify higher prices? When you cut through the hype, there really are a lot of practical reasons why buying organic is the best choice for you and your family ⎯ especially your children. First of all, let’s define what makes products like DeeBee’s Organics “certified organic.”
Organic agriculture is a system intended to create sustainability and harmony between the environment and production. It is based on principles of care, fairness, ecology, and health. Organic operations should protect the health of the environment both in the present and the future. It should work to and build off present ecological systems to both sustain them and learn from them. Finally, organic agriculture should maintain and improve the health of all living things, from humans, to plants, to the soil and the planet itself.
Each and every ingredient that goes into a certified organic product must be background-checked and thoroughly vetted to ensure that the crops were not sprayed with synthetic pesticides or fertilized with chemical products. Additionally, ingredients must not be preserved artificially and must be handled in facilities that meet rigorous standards for cross-contamination.
DeeBee’s Organics products meet all third party certifying criteria, including:
- No hormones or antibiotics
- No GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- Humane treatment of animals where applicable (FruitPops are actually vegan!)
- Preservation of ecological integrity (no exploiting the environment or land)
Certifying bodies also want to know what kind of products companies use inside their production facilities, from packaging to cleaning chemicals and pest management. This ensures there is no contamination between organic and non-organic.
The good news is that the organic movement ⎯ once on the fringes of food culture ⎯ now has major industry buy-in thanks to growing consumer demand, making it easier than ever to choose organic.
This awareness and sense of responsibility for using business as a force for good is at the heart of DeeBee’s Organics, and we’re so proud to be a part of this growing community.
To learn more about organic certification, visit the USDA website here: https://www.usda.gov/topics/organic