Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. But today we’re going to drill down a little further into some of the most common questions...and even a little history. Organic is more than just a term to us, it’s who we are, and we are proud of our unique, organic products.
First, what is an organic product? Broadly, it is described as not containing toxic chemicals (including synthetic pesticides, arsenic-containing herbicides, fertilization biosolids, which are often found to contain flame-retardants and drugs among other things, chemical food additives, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and industrial solvents). Yuck!
What does Non-GMO mean? In addition to the absence of artificial chemicals, "organic" means not genetically engineered, and having not used ionizing irradiation, which can cause free-radicals and the removal of vitamins. For example, USDA organic attempts to restrict against such things including genetic engineering in products and automatically allows the use of "Non-GMO" labelling similar to The Non-GMO Project. Yay!
It’s Been Around For More Than a 100 Years! The organic movement began in the early 1900s in response to the shift towards synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides in the early days of industrial agriculture. A relatively small group of farmers came together in various associations from Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States, along with others. In 1972 these organizations joined to form the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).
A Very Smart Man: Lord Northbourne (aka Walter James, 4th Baron Northbourne) coined the term “organic farming” in 1940. He described a holistic, ecologically balanced approach to farming. Northbourne wrote of "chemical farming versus organic farming".
FINALLY! In the 1970s, worldwide movements concerned with environmental pollution caused by persistent agrichemical increased attention on organic farming. Today, organic foods stores have captured a significant share of the grocery shopping market, specifically, Whole Foods Market, Wild Oats, Trader Joe's and others.
Third Coast Organic Foods uses only certified organic ingredients that are naturally Non-GMO. Join the movement!