All of us at Earthbound Farm love good food and believe eating more vegetables and fruit should be, first and foremost, delicious and easy to enjoy. We also believe in bringing more and more people organic happiness with food that’s grown in a way we believe is kinder to the Earth and to our bodies.
Over the last 30+ years, Earthbound Farm’s commitment to farming organically has grown even stronger, and now—as the largest grower of organic produce—enriches the tables of millions of people with the benefits of organic food, grown with care.
100% of Earthbound Farm’s products are certified organic and carry the certified organic seal. That means they are grown with cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that promote ecological balance, conserve biodiversity and avoid the use of toxic and persistent chemicals and synthetic fertilizers, GMOs and irradiation.
More than 30 years ago, before there was an Earthbound Farm—and before our founders Drew and Myra Goodman had even tried their hand at farming—they realized instinctively that growing food organically was the right choice for them. The lightbulb went off when they first moved to their 2½-acre plot of land in the Carmel Valley in California. As neophyte farmers who had grown up surrounded by the concrete of Manhattan, they hadn’t given much thought to how food is grown…until the previous farmer gave them a quick tutorial about farming and the toxic, synthetic chemicals typically used to grow produce. They knew right away from the smell that they didn’t want to touch the chemicals, let alone put them on the land (which was also their own back yard) to grow food. So they set out to find a better way.
Once they got their hands on a copy of Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and applied the methods to their land. The more they learned, the more committed they became to farming organically and never looked back.
Foods labeled as certified organic are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on allowed natural substances (as well as a limited number of carefully evaluated synthetics from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, permitted for specific purposes after other methods have failed); and physically, mechanically, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. Products labeled as “organic” and “made with organic” are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP) and certified by an independent third-party USDA-accredited certifier.
To earn organic certification, land must be managed without prohibited materials for at least three years, and organic farmers must develop an organic systems plan, which is overseen by their certification agency with annual, third-party inspections. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and which materials they may use, which include:
At Earthbound Farm, we’re proud to be pioneers in the organic produce category, which is often where people first start buying organic. It means every choice we make, from how we grow our crops to what we put in our finished products, is carefully considered and consistent with NOP guidelines. Learn more about organic here.
While most of us think about organic in terms of what it doesn’t have (such as the use of synthetic fertilizers, irradiation or genetic engineering) it is important not to overlook the overarching, proactive philosophy of organic farming practices that ultimately helps promote an ecological balance, enhance soil health and conserve biodiversity for future generations.
Organic farmers understand that what you put into the soil has a profound impact on what you get out of it. In fact, the prerequisite for successful organic farming is the building of fertile, nutrient-rich soil. That is why they rely on such practices as hand weeding, mechanical control, mulches, cover crops, crop rotation and dense planting, rather than toxic and persistent pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, to enrich the soil in which they grow their crops. They recognize that doing so provides plants with the nutrients they need to grow and help decrease the incidence of plant disease.
Learn more about how organic farmers protect their crops and deal with challenges common to all farmers—such as pests, weeds and diseases, without using the techniques of conventional farming.
At Earthbound Farm, we choose to farm organically because we’ve always believed instinctively that it’s the best choice for people and the planet. But, we know people choose to eat organic food for a variety of very personal reasons.
Whatever your reason, Earthbound Farm is here to provide you with fresh and delicious organic produce you and your family love and trust.
We’re often asked if our Earthbound Farm USDA-certified organic products are “Non-GMO Verified”; but it’s important to understand that the use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited by the NOP in certified organic products.
This means at Earthbound Farm, we can’t plant GMO seeds, nor can we use any GMO ingredients in producing any of our final, packaged products. To meet the USDA organic regulations, we must show we aren’t using GMOs and that we are protecting our products from contact with prohibited substances from farm to table. Learn more here.
To learn more about the organic regulations, marketplace and scientific research, check out the following resources:
National Organic Program: https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams/programs-offices/national-organic-program
Organic Trade Association: https://www.ota.com/
Organic Center: https://www.organic-center.org/
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