What is considered organic certified?
Organic plants are grown without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, irradiation (a form of radiation used to kill bacteria), or biotechnology. Organic farm animals eat organically grown feed, aren't confined 100 percent of the time, and are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
Is buying organic better for the environment?
Organic farming reduces pollutants in groundwater and creates richer soil, which aids plant growth and reduces erosion, according to the Organic Trade Association. Organic farming also decreases the distribution of pesticides that can ultimately end up in drinking water; in some cities, pesticides in tap water have been measured at unsafe levels for weeks at a time, according to an analysis performed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Organic farming also used 50 percent less energy than conventional farming methods in one 15-year study.
Organic essential oils too, huh?
Yup! Essential oils are highly concentrated. If pesticides are used on the plants that produce these oils, that means the chemical load in the essential oils is highly concentrated too.
Buying organic products supports the organic farming industry and encourages the use of responsible farming techniques that protect our health and the health of our planet.
Source: Washington Post, Environmental Working Group