Nature’s Path products were the first USDA certified organic cereals on the market and since then our company and founders have worked tirelessly to keep organic advocacy at the forefront of our mission. We continually invest in farmland, converting it to organic, and we always challenge organic standards for the better.
Simply stated, organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic regulations place strict limits and prohibitions on the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and irradiation. Organic farmers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, and biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. Organic is more than simply not using chemicals, it is about building healthy soil for the future.
To us, organic farming is synonymous with building healthy soil. Healthy soil contains natural microbial life in the soil is unequaled at providing the optimum nutrition to plants.
Common ingredients used in non-organic farming are pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, and ionizing radiation.
“When feeding my family, I always try to make choices that keep them well-nourished – but I also hope to raise their consciousness of how our food choices affect the planet. Choosing organic products helps reduce exposure to pesticide residues in your body while also keeping those chemicals out of the soil. ”
Desiree Nielsen, Registered Dietitian
Studies have found that organic food contains, on average, 25% higher concentrations of eleven different nutrients than their conventionally-grown counterparts! Organic fruits and vegetables have also been shown to be approximately 30% higher in antioxidants.
Organic farmers work to retain wetlands and other natural areas, protect biodiversity by collecting and preserving seeds and growing unusual varieties and respect the balance of the ecosystem by encouraging wildlife.
A recent farming systems trial conducted by the Rodale Institute concluded that organic farms use 45% less energy than conventional farming practices and still manage to outperform conventional farms in years of drought.