As stated on the usda.gov website (bold added for emphasis):
- “Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.“
- “Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.“
- “Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.”
So to put it simply, “organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.”
At Nama Kiss, we fully support the above initiatives of the organic movement.
Why, you ask? Read on!
It is widely assumed that “organic” means “pesticide free”. While that may be true, it is not always the case. It simply means that the pesticides used to treat the crops are naturally instead of synthetically derived. It seems intuitive that naturally derived pesticides would be healthier and less toxic than synthetic ones, but in some cases, that is not true.
Both natural and synthetic chemicals can be toxic and even carcinogenic. For this reason, we are not preaching that eating an organic diet is the best or only way to maintain health, or that consuming organic foods will reduce your toxicity enough to keep you disease free in the future. While we hope this proves to be true and we choose organic ourselves whenever possible, we have not come across enough scientific evidence for us to assert it on our website.
However, we do believe that the organic movement is at least moving in the right direction by drastically limiting the amount of synthetic chemicals in the environment and our food supply and placing a strong emphasis on the importance of health, nature, and biodiversity.
What can you do? Vote with your dollar! Spending a little extra for organic food and household products, whenever you can, helps support farmers and small businesses that are striving to improve the current agricultural and environmental landscape. Additionally, many organic companies have a mission to uphold other ethical or nutritional standards that you may be interested in supporting, such as fair trade, philanthropy, or veganism, to name a few.