What Does it Mean When Food is Organic?
These days, the word organic seems to be thrown around an awful lot – so much so that many people don’t even fully understand what it actually means. With so many different labels, terms and references, it can be confusing to sift through the sea of information and get to the heart of what organic food is and how it can benefit you and your family. At Hanover Foods, we recently began expanding our Organics line. As such, we thought it might be helpful to take a few moments and clarify some important things surrounding the organic craze.
What does the term “organic” really mean?
The term organic refers to how agricultural products are grown and/or processed. In the US, organic produce must be grown naturally, without the use of any type of synthetic pesticides, petroleum-based or sewage sludge-based fertilizers, or bioengineered genes (also commonly known as GMOs).
At Hanover Foods, we are primarily concerned with organic as it relates to vegetables. The difference between our organics line of products versus other non-organic produce is that it is grown using natural fertilizers. During the growing process, weeds are controlled using natural methods, such as mulching, tilling, crop rotation and hand weeding. Pests are controlled using natural methods as well and, if necessary, pesticides which are derived from natural ingredients (i.e. non-chemical) are used.
Benefits of Organic Foods
The way our food is grown can have a significant impact on our health. It can also impact the environment in a number of ways. Many experts believe organic foods have better nutrients than conventionally grown produce. Furthermore, people who are sensitive to or have allergies to certain chemicals or preservatives can enjoy fewer symptoms when they eat only foods that are certified organic. There are a number of other benefits to choosing organic, including the following.
No Chemicals. Conventional agricultural practices typically involve the use of chemicals, such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, to control weeds and pests. Unfortunately, the residues of those chemical products often remain on the produce, increasing our exposure to unhealthy ingredients. Organic produce, on the other hand, contains fewer (if any) pesticides and uses natural weed control alternatives.
Fresher. Contrary to popular belief, organic food doesn’t necessarily have to come from your grocer’s produce department. In fact, our organics line of frozen and canned veggies are picked and packaged at the peak of freshness. All the nutrients and flavors are locked in without the need for dangerous preservatives. So, now you can enjoy fresh organic veggies right from your freezer or cupboard. (Coincidentally, our products are also much more affordable.)
Environmentally-Friendly. Organic farming practices conserve water, reduce pollution and soil erosion, increase soil fertility and consume less energy. All of these things are much more environmentally-friendly than the alternative. Additionally, farming without pesticides is better for local wildlife as well as the people who reside close to the farm.
Eating organic can be a much healthier option, both for your family as well as in terms of the impact you have on the environment. Hanover Foods is committed to providing the highest quality products to help our customers enjoy better, healthier lives. To view our full line of Organics canned and frozen products, please click here or ask about us at your local grocery store!