What Organic Means To Me: Earthbound Farm and Beyond

by Amie on October 31, 2013

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So, what does it mean to be organic?

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Organic farmers build healthy, balanced ecosystems implementing Earth-friendly practices that protect the land and conserve natural resources. As Earthbound Farm states, “While scientific research suggests that organic produce may be more nutritious than conventional, we choose it because it helps us keep chemicals out of our bodies — and because we think it’s more delicious, too.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement. There are so many claims about organic being equal to conventional in terms of nutrition…but that is simply not the point. The point is that conventional foods are grown with herbicides and pesticides that are toxic chemicals which are harmful to our bodies. I, for one, know first hand how conventional food can damage our intestines and other organs such as our kidneys and liver. My family never, ever had any organic food when I was growing up. I never even knew what organic was. We ate conventional fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, etc. and after 30 years of that…well, my body began to shut-down. Way, way down. So, for the past few years I’ve been eating organic, and for the past 8 months, I’ve been 100% organic. No if’s and’s or but’s about it. I’m an organic kinda gal.

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Why?

Well, for starters Organic food is produced with:

  • No synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fumigants
  • No fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge
  • No genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • No irradiation
  • No hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients or trans fats

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This is the USDA Organic seal, which many of you may recognize from my Organic page. When you purchase a product that is USDA Organic you are also buying a Non-GMO (Non-Genetically Modified) product so it’s a win-win for you! Myra, the founder of Earthbound Farm told us, “Ultimately, we’re organic because it protects what’s important to us all: our health, our children and our Earth.” I found it so amazing and striking that this woman and her incredible company go out of their way to make sure we’re all safe. They’re not like any other produce brand I’ve ever met- they’re real and honest. They sincerely care about us, our food, our environment and our future. They’re not out to rob us of all our money so that people can complain about how expensive organic food is …. I hear my clients and readers complain about the cost of organic food but I’d honestly rather pay more money on my food and be certain that it’s clean devoid of chemicals than to save money and put chemicals into my body- thereby making me even more sick.

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Believe me, for the first six years I lived in Manhattan (not a cheap city) I skimped on expensive food and ate all conventional- because I didn’t even know what the benefits of organic were or why people would want to eat organic and why people spent so much money on organic…but now I get it.

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I do.

I completely understand and it’s pretty amazing when you start to realize what organic food can do for us and for our future. I had no idea about the effects of chemicals and pesticides on our bodies until I got sick. And long after that my Western medicine doctors all told me that eating organic was crazy and they told me not to spend the money on eating organic. Just like I’ve learned to be my own doctor, I’ve also learned to be my own chef. It’s sad that we’ve come to the point in our lives where we really can’t trust our food or our doctors. I’ve spent almost ten years finding the best integrative M.D.’s in the country and now I’m working with them and trust them. I’ve also spent countless years understanding food and now I’m working with and eating real, wholesome, organic food each and every day.

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One thing that really stuck with me from this trip is seeing the perfectly spotless production of Earthbound Farm products. Believe me, I am not a fan of factories and wearing hair nets but this was truly beyond anything I could ever imagine. Think of the cleanest room you’ve even been in … yep. That’s what their entire facility looks like. Crazy, right? Everyone and everything was flawless and spotless. I was so happy to see this because it makes me that much more confident about purchasing their products. Now I want to support them even more!

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Modern organic farmers, like those at Earthbound Farm, are masters of ecology and soil science (we were able to meet many interesting scientists and view numerous experiments in green houses during this trip), using techniques that build healthy soil and incorporate environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional farming, which revolves around toxic synthetic chemicals. Organic methods of farming are more costly and labor-intensive in the short run, but it’s well worth the effort because organic farming avoids serious — and even more costly — long-term issues like groundwater pollution, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and human health problems caused by exposure to chemical residues. Yet another reason that I choose Earthbound Farm products!

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Over the course of my trip, I learned about the traceability of the products and how they can tell where every single package of salad came from.

Eartbound Farm knows where every leaf comes from in every salad they produce. Should they ever need to, they can instantly trace the farm and processing source of your greens just by looking at the code on each package as shown below. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

A   This letter tells us which facility the salad was packed in.

B   This number tells us the date the salad was packed.

C   This letter tells us which shift packed the salad.

D   This number tells us which line produced the salad.

E   This number tells us exactly what time the salad was packed.

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Before planting, Earthbound evaluates every field’s history to uncover anything that might need attention.  All their seeds are tested for potentially harmful bacteria (pathogens), including E. coli O157:H7, enterohaemorrhagic E. coli and salmonella, as are irrigation water, soil amendments and composted materials.  We were guided through their entire process from seed to packaged product: planting to harvest. It’s amazing how every step is so closely inspected and audited to ensure it meets their strict food safety standards.  And that makes me a very, very happy camper!

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Lisa October 31, 2013 at 8:47 am

Yep….I totally want to live there! I love this company and buy their products whenever I can. Now I will pay even more attention. Thanks, Amie! Love ya!

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Amie October 31, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thanks Bella; it was beyond amazing! Have a great day!

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yummychunklet October 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm

What a great place!

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tish schaefer November 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

Love Earthbound Farms! I love that you can buy organic at big box stores ao that I can afford organic for my family of 5!

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Susan spooner November 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

Wow thanks for the info. Great to know!

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Jessica Dennis November 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

great post!! thanks for the info. ..I hope I win the Hail Merry giveaway!

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Melinda Singer November 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

I’ve been buying Earthbound Farms for several years now, however I hadn’t been educated about their farming and packaging process until I read your article. I’m empowered knowing their products are good for me and the environment!

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susan November 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

great report on earthbound organics. love them. Oh, yeah…I want to win some treats!

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Karen D November 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

I live in a pretty rural area, and not many Earthbound products (or even organic) products make it here. Luckily, we are rural enough, and with a lot of small farms around here, late spring, summer and early fall there is a lot of organic produce available. Would like to see more Earthbound around here, as they are a great company with great products!

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Jessica November 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

love your gluten free gift ideas!

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Julie Moon November 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

Earthbound Farms products are fantastic. And they are becoming more affordable-they even offer coupons.
Would love to win those gluten free treats… so much easier than trying to bake all those yummy varieties!

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Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews November 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

Great post! Good to know how you feel about organic. I love Earthbound Farms products- I bought some baby spinach yesterday!

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Evelyn November 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thank you , Amie , for reporting on the process, the cleanliness and the reliability of organic Earthbound Farms. I love knowing what their coding system stands for. Am never sure which snacks to buy , so I rely on nuts. Just reading the names of the products in your gluten free snack giveaway makes me want to try them all ! Thank you for always offering such a generous prize. Really hope to win this one. I learn so much from you. I thank you every single day !

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Amie November 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

Thank you so much Evelyn; so nice to hear from you. Thank you. Have a great day!!

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Evelyn November 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Amie , thank you for your good wishes. Thanks to your hard work we are all learning and growing healthier. We so appreciate your blog. Best to you !!

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Amie November 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Thanks Evelyn! oxx

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Jess c November 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

The gluten free snacks look amazing! Love your articles!

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laura Gay November 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Love to get my hands on those snacks! Your article reminded me that we’re out of lettuce so it’s off to get some Earthbound produce.

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Lori Williams November 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Thank you so much for this great and informative article. I desire for our family to be 100% organic also. It seems to be taking along time for this to happen. I’m really thinking we should just to a complete switch all at once. I know, especially after reading this article, that it would be best for all of us. But I do worry about the expense. I would cut back.somewhere else to buy organic, but we are already living with bare essestials since hubby has been unemployed. Any suggestions? Thanks again for all you share. My family has,benefited so much for the healthy Apple!

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The Healthy Apple November 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Lori,
Great to hear from you! Check out my Organic page for tips. Also, organic produce is not any more expensive than regular…only by a few cents. You have to think about if you want toxic pesticides in your body or not. That’s a personal decision but I don’t touch anything conventional. I’d rather be healthy and have less money then be sick from the pesticides. Make sense?
Thank you!!
xoxx

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Donna Lobel November 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Thank you for this imformative article about Earthbound Farms!!! Please enter me in the giveaway for the Hail Merry products, they look awesome!!

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pat November 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I will look for their products! The gluten-free snacks look wonderful.

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Julia November 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Yes, because if a plant is treated with something to kill “pest”, then how can it not be harmful to people, animals and even the plants themselves?

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Lisa November 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

Oh Amie, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been approaching the organic-or-conventional fence for awhile now. I’ve semi-recently committed myself to a more plant-based diet [I've always tried to eat "healthy", but the more I learn, the more plant-based I go.] I made peace with paying more for a “healthy diet” [more fruits, veggies, quality food instead of processed] but am now debating whether or not to accept even higher costs for organic food.

I truly am suspicious of all the chemicals in our modern conventional food system, and what it could be doing to our bodies. I’ve noticed a world of difference in my own body through my commitment to eat a more plant-based diet: higher and more stable energy levels, better hair, skin, nails, more color to my formally pale skin, easier weight and muscle tone maintenance, general increased well-being feeling, etc., and I’m sure you can agree!

Help me take the plunge? What advice do you have for someone on the fence like me?

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Amie November 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks Lisa; so great to hear from you! This trip was incredible. By far the best few days of my entire life…I am so passionate about Earthbound Farm because it was the first organic product that welcomed me into my organic lifestyle and I honestly eat their produce every single day! I have lot of information on how to save money when buying organic. Check out my resources and you will find lots of information on the right hand side.
Enjoy!
oxx

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