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“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates
Sustainably grown produce is a philosophy, a belief system. Not all of our local farms are certified organic. However, they all run sustainable farms using organic guidelines and practices. Many of the farms are too small to warrant the time and money it takes to get the USDA certification. However, we believe that our local, sustainable farmers have practices and produce that are “beyond organic.”
Our local farms are owned and operated by like-minded families or cooperatives. By supporting local, organic farmers, you are supporting a community that is self-sustaining and fully unified. It is part of our vision to cut out as many middle men as possible from our local food community and return the maximum dollars back to the farm so small independent farmers can prosper and thrive.
Difference Between Certified Organic and Local, Sustainable Farms
It is important to understand the relationship between local, sustainably grown produce and organic guidelines. Both organic and sustainable agriculture strive to preserves the land’s capacity to grow and nurture food production for generations to come. Sustainable farmers do not take more resources from the Earth to produce food than they give back. The main difference between certified organic and sustainable agriculture is that certified organic food production must be certified yearly by an independent third-party certifier approved by the USDA. Certified organic produce goes through specific government-verified standards. However, it is important to note that there are many organically certified mass production farms that raise animals in confinement, use massive resources from the Earth without giving back, and ship food thousands of miles to sell. This produce may meet the requirements of a government checklist, but it is not necessarily sustainable.
At Mother Earth Produce, we promise to always provide organic, sustainable local produce. The quality will be "beyond organic". During the off-season, if we have to supplement with produce out of our region, we will only use certified organic fruits and veggies.
Making the choice to support local, organic agriculture is one of the strongest ways that we can all commit to living a “green” lifestyle to heal our planet. Fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides are common chemicals that are used in conventional farming practices. Due to the runoff of these chemicals into ground water, agricultural water pollution is the leading source of water contamination in the United States. In a study conducted by the EPA, it was found that agricultural activity was identified as the source of pollution for 48% of stream and river water and 41% of lake water.
If you are not currently eating organic produce, a good place to start is by committing to the “Dirty Dozen” practice. The “Dirty Dozen” is a list created annually by the Environmental Working Group. It is a list of produce that contains the highest pesticide residue from conventional farms. Dedicate yourself to making small steps towards healthy living by purchasing these from sustainable, organic growers. You can eliminate 80% of your exposure to harmful chemicals in produce if you switch to organic for these fruits and veggies!
* Sweet Bell Peppers
* Kale/Collard Greens