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Why Choose Organic?

By Newleaf Staff on Sep 13, 2016 1:00 AM

Here at New Leaf we love organics, which means we love September’s celebration of the organic harvest. We celebrate organic every day, but this month we’re taking the opportunity to share more information about what it means to be organic and how to shop organic.

What is organic?

Organic refers to the way agricultural products—food and fiber—are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation in order to maintain the integrity of the food.

What does “Certified Organic” mean?

“Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set by the federal government under the Organic Food Production Act of 1990.

Does natural mean organic?

It’s easy to confuse organic products for ones labeled “natural.” After all, organic products are minimally processed and are made from ingredients straight from nature. It’s important to remember that organic products and natural ones are not the same. There are no FDA or USDA rules governing the use of the “natural” label, making it difficult to know how ingredients in natural products were grown and processed. So, if you choose to buy natural products, be sure to read the fine print.

How do you know if you’re buying organic?

To simplify your shopping experience and ensure that you’re buying USDA organic certified products, look for the USDA organic label. The label insures 95% organic ingredients. All products bearing this label must be made according to a strict set of government standards and regulations. As a result, the organic label offers you and your family something unique: a symbol of product integrity that you can trust. Did you know that foods labeled with a USDA approved organic certification contain no GMOs?

What are the benefits to organic farming?

  1. Replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil, rich with biological matter, which in turn supports clean and healthy waterways, essential for all things living.
  2. Healthy bee populations. Bees are necessary to pollinate all of the fruits and veggies we love to enjoy.
  3. Simple, clean foods, free of pesticide residue that is safe for you and your family.
  4. Supports local, family-owned farms. We are lucky to have such an abundant supply of organic produce, all grown right here in our very own back yards.

New Leaf is committed to providing you a variety of organic items. You will always find the following in our stores:

  • 95% or more of our produce department is certified organic
  • Green tongs in our salad bars indicate organic ingredients
  • We serve organic ingredients on our deli sandwiches
  • We use organic fruits and veggies in our juices and smoothies
  • Our coffee bars use organic coffee, teas, cream and sugar
  • Our soups are loaded with organic veggies and beans and grains
  • We offer organic chicken, sausages and organic grass-fed beef in our meat departments 

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