If you eat a fully organic diet, or are on your way to doing so, congratulations; you have made a commitment not just to your own health, but also that of your family. In addition to this, your decision contributes to the growth of environmentally friendly food production processes, humane treatment of animals, and safer conditions for workers employed on farms and in factories. Think of it this way, when you purchase organic produce, you save yourself from exposure to pesticides. You also save workers, animals, and those who drink from local water supplies from that exposure as well. Ideally, your diet would consist of simple, whole ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Unfortunately, it is not feasible for most of us to eat like this every single day, so we rely on food produced by organic food brands. Before we consume these foods, we want to make sure that the companies selling these items offer high quality products that are truly organic (not “natural” or made from organic ingredients) and engage in ethical business practices. Surely, you have the same concerns. Check out our list of the best organic food brands available on your grocer’s shelf.
Purity Organic is a California based producer of organic juices, teas, and coconut waters. Their products are all certified organic by the USDA, and they are free of all GMOs. The company began pressing and bottling its own organic apple juice in 2003, and has steadily expanded their offerings since then. All of the company’s juices come from independently owned organic farms. In addition to supporting these family farms by purchasing their products, Purity Organic also profiles the farmers on the company website and encourages others to purchase goods from these farmers as well.
Cascadian Farm has been producing organic food products since the early seventies. This means that their practices predate the implementation of the USDA organic certification process. Today, Cascadian Farm exceeds the basic standards of USDA certification in the production of its products. Their product offerings include cereals, granola bars, frozen fruits and vegetables, relishes, and fruit juice concentrates. As far as charitable efforts go, Cascadian Farm donates time and money to the effort to save bees from extinction. This includes educating people, through their website about actions everybody can take to protect bee populations.
One of the ethical concerns that comes with large scale organic food operations is the loss of smaller, organic family farms in favor of corporate farms that are supposedly better able to meet production demands. Consumers who share this concern can purchase products from Organic Valley with a clear conscience, because the company is owned by a cooperative of family farmers. This allows them to meet production needs while still receiving their products from family farms. The fact that the company is farmer owned is probably a major factor in the high quality of the eggs and dairy products the company sells.
Grounds For Change is an organic coffee roasting company that sells only fair trade coffee. They sell coffee through their website, and they also supply independent coffee shops with single bean and blended coffees. In addition to offering only 100% organic products, Grounds For Change is operated in a fully sustainable manner. This includes composting all waste products produced during the roasting process, using renewable energy, donating used burlap sacks to farmers, and offsetting CO2 emissions. The company also double’s down on its support of coffee growers and laborers in other countries by investing a portion of their profits in anti-violence campaigns and business loans to women entrepreneurs in those countries.
Ella’s kitchen produces 100% organic food for babies and young children. These products are free of excessive preservatives and other additives, and they offer gluten free and vegetarian options. They manufacture their products using environmentally friendly methods, and they demand that their vendors and suppliers do so as well. Some people may be put off by the fact that their foods are packaged in pouches rather than glass or another seemingly environmentally friendly container. As it turns out, independent investigation has shown that the methods to produce the pouches are actually more environmentally friendly than other options.
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