Organics: Trendy or Valuable?
The organic craze is a new trend that is sweeping the nation- and its difficult to understand if this label is valuable information to you. With different nutritional sources telling you conflicting ideas about what is healthy and what isn’t, it’s easy to have confusion about what makes the healthiest product and if it’s worth the extra cost. Hopefully these FAQ’s will help clear up some common questions and help introduce our new product!
What is Organic Food?
The “Organic” label refers to specific conditions to how the agriculture was grown and processed. Farmers have restrictions on what pesticide and fertilizers she or he can use, as well as using genetically modified ingredients. (GMOs).
When a farm wants to be labeled organic, a certified government agent will inspect the farm to see it meets the USDA organic standards. The Organic logo product can only be on a product contains a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water).
Why should I care about eating Organic?
While the FDA and USDA believe GMOs and Non Organic foods are safe, bio engineering is a new concept. Therefor, no long term studies have shown the true safety of eating non-organic foods.
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the biotech companies that engineer GMOs insist they are safe, many food safety advocates point out that these products have undergone only short-term testing to determine their effects on humans and the environment. Since the technology is relatively new, no long term studies have ever been conducted to confirm the safety of GMO use, while some animal studies have indicated that consuming GMOs may cause internal organ damage, slowed brain growth, and thickening of the digestive tract.
GMOs have been linked to increased food allergens and gastro-intestinal problems in humans. Many people think that altering the DNA of a plant or animal can also increase the chances of developing cancer. However, so far research into the link between GMOs and serious disease has proven inconclusive.
How can our ingredients possibly be Organic? Aren’t they artificially made?
No, our Organic ingredients are not artificially made but are made with organic whole fruits and vegetables which is extracted using different techniques depending on which product you want. The end result is an organic ingredient. Our new Grand Valley Organics brand will be all plant-based including inulin fiber, erythritol, pea protein and fiber, rice protein, and stevia.
Why is organic food often more expensive?
Unfortunately, the food that used to be the most natural is now the more expensive than its counterpart. This is because the organic verification and maintenance can get expensive. When pesticides are sprayed on food, soil that was once rich and full of vitamins because a nutrient devoid soil, thus creating nutrient devoid produce. Just imagine feeling great from consuming rich, vitamin filled foods- you won’t need vitamins or pills. After all, when speaking of value, it is important to remember health is wealth and your physical and mental well-being cannot have a price tag.