Organic food is grown by farmers who only use farming methods that strive for a balance with nature and system sustainability. Their methods focus on natural soil improvement and rely on inherent biological systems to produce the highest quality foods with minimal environmental impact. When you see the “organic” label on food, it means your government has certified that the farm and the food grown there have used techniques that:
- Do not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and soil fumigants.
- Do not use sewage sludge for fertilizer.
- Do not use any form of genetic engineering (plant, animal, or hybrid).
- Do not use artificial growth hormones or antibiotics (in animals).
- Do improve the quality and fertility of the soil.
- Do protect water quality.
- Do reduce soil erosion.
- Do rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control.
- Do reduce the impact of agriculture on our environment.
- Do produce the highest quality, great tasting food!
Natural food is food that has been grown using similar processes to organic food (using no additives, no preservatives, no colouring, no hormones, no antibiotics, and no other artificial agents) but that has not been or undertaken certification by the government. When we select natural ingredients, we do our best to ensure that they are of the highest quality and compare to the quality, purity, and sustainability of organic food. In our estimation, a natural food farm should make every attempt to operate like an organic farm!