There are so many reasons to “go organic”:
- Supporting independent farmers
- Fewer synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers
- Healthier soil
- No GMOs
- … but we think it’s deeper than that.
We believe when we choose organic food we are choosing to do less harm, to leave the planet better than when we found it.
Not to mention, we think organic food tastes better.
Here is how Organic Trade Association defines Organic:
“Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organically produced foods also must be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering and other excluded practices, sewage sludge, or irradiation. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food.”
When Ian started this business, he wanted it to stand for something and the idea of organic food just made sense as a better long term solution for the planet and human health.
And as he researched and became more educated about farms and the industry, he became even more passionate about his feelings about organic. When he visited farms and saw the way that they preserved soil health, minimized off-farm inputs and chemical usage, tried to preserve their surrounding area, and used natural techniques, it really created a lot of excitement to fight that fight.
Our hope here at Left Coast Organics is for organic to become the new normal. We hope for continual advances. People can get caught up on one or two general statistics saying, “You can feed the world better through biotechnology than you can with organic.” But within organic, there could be 50 ways to grow an almond to affect yield, soil and your costs based upon the farm inputs used! We would love for science to show us how we can grow better and refine organic practices. It’s about getting the best long term solution in a way that doesn’t compromise the earth.
Some people say that Organic is a trend, but we think the best quote we’ve ever heard is: “Organic food. It’s what your grandma used to call food!”