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Organic Food FAQ
What does "organic" mean?
Organic products are grown in environmentally friendly ways. Toxic persistent pesticides and many other agricultural chemicals are prohibited. There is a focus on renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality. The label “organic" denotes products produced under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Organic Rule. And, according to the USDA, “The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.”
Why eat organic?
Avoiding agricultural chemicals is one of the top reasons to eat organic food. In general, according to research by The Hartman Group, consumers who buy organic products cite health/nutrition, taste and food safety as the top motivators for their purchases. Environmental effects are also a strong reason to buy and eat organic products.
What are the most important foods to buy organic?
Basically, it depends on what’s most important to you: health, flavor, budget and/or the environment. New purchasers of organic products usually start by putting produce, spices and beans in their carts. That said, only you know what you or your family eat and drink the most, and which lentils or beans you particularly love for their flavor. Do you believe the benefits are worth a few extra cents? Or worth even more for organic items that are less available or more difficult to grow? And, only you know if you’re willing to compromise a bit on choice for a better price by buying whichever organic items are on sale.
Is organic food healthier?
There is growing research that indicate greater amounts of certain nutrients in organic crops compared to conventional crops. If you’re concerned about pesticides, the application of potentially harmful, long-lasting pesticides and fertilizers are not allowed in organic agriculture. The EPA considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer-causing.
How is organic better for the environment?
Organic farming, by definition, does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater. Organic farming also replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways. Additionally, unique types of crops and livestock are more likely to be raised organically, which helps to keep the gene pool for food products diversified and thus help avoid extinction due to species-specific issues.
What is the difference between "organic" and "natural"?
Unlike products that are labeled “organic,” products labeled “natural” require no certification. “Natural" is used in a variety of contexts and does not necessarily relate to health, growing methods, or animal welfare. We are committed to transparency when it comes to specific product traits so that you can know more about what’s in your food, so we encourage you to read the ingredients on the label if you have any questions about the contents of a particular product.
Do organic farmers ever use pesticides?
Organic farmers' primary strategy is "prevention." By building healthy soils, healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options such as insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, the certifier may grant permission to apply botanical or other non-persistent pesticides from the USDA National List of Approved Substances under restricted conditions. Botanicals are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.
Do organic foods taste better?
We think so, and many chefs and food lovers agree. Basically, well-balanced soils grow strong, healthy plants that taste great. In addition, research is indicating that increased levels of phytochemicals produced by organic plants to fight pests are also responsible for aromas and flavors.
Do organic foods generally cost more than conventional foods?
Well, yes, many organic products do cost more. The good news is that the price of organic foods is increasingly competitive as supply continues to rise. The most available organic products may cost just a few cents more than their conventional counterparts. Prices for organic products reflect many of the same costs as non-organic items in terms of growing, harvesting, transportation and storage, but organic products must meet stricter regulations governing all of these steps. The process is often more labor-intensive and requires more detailed management. Organic farmers have the added cost of what it takes to get organic certification, and government programs do not subsidize organic farming to the extent they subsidize much conventional farming.
Do you ship all around India?
Well, yes, wherever the parcel services are available we will deliver to the door-steps.