Contains one of each of the following Simply Organic Spices: Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Cumin Seed (Ground), Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Black Pepper, ground, Red Peppers, Crushed, Rosemary, Thyme, and Turmeric. Two Simply Organic grinders are also included - Daily Grind (Black Peppercorns) and Grind to a Salt (salt blend).
Organic Food Products
A 2000 FAO report noted an unpublished study in which Golden Delicious apples "were found to be firmer and received higher taste scores than conventionally grown apples".
Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming – that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.
The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture known as the Green Revolution. Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening.
Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations.
Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, [food] processors, retailers and restaurants.
Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:
no human sewage sludge fertilizer used in cultivation of plants or feed of animals
avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs not on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc.), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;
use of farmland that has been free from prohibited synthetic chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more);
keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products;
undergoing periodic on-site inspections.
In some countries, certification is overseen by the government, and commercial use of the term organic is legally restricted. Certified organic producers are also subject to the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that apply to non-certified producers.
Organic Food Marketshare
While organic food accounts for 1%-2% of total food production worldwide, the organic food sales market is growing rapidly with between 5% and 10% of the food market share in the United States according to the Organic Trade Association, significantly outpacing sales growth volume in dollars of conventional food products.
World organic food sales jumped from US $23 billion in 2002 to $63 billion in 2011.
Organic food is the fastest growing sector of the American food industry.
Organic food sales have grown by 17 to 20 percent a year in the early 2000s while sales of conventional food have grew only about 2 to 3 percent a year. The US organic market grew 9.5% in 2011, breaking the $30bn barrier for the first time, and continued to outpace sales of non-organic food.
In 2003 organic products were available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and 73% of conventional grocery stores.
Organic products accounted for 3.7% of total food and beverage sales, and 11.4% of all fruit and vegetable sales in the year 2009.
As of 2003, two thirds of organic milk and cream and half of organic cheese and yogurt are sold through conventional supermarkets.
As of 2012, most independent organic food processors in the USA had been acquired by multinational firms.
Organic food sales surpassed $1 billion in 2006, accounting for 0.9% of food sales in Canada.
Organic food sales by grocery stores were 28% higher in 2006 than in 2005.
British Columbians account for 13% of the Canadian population, but purchased 26% of the organic food sold in Canada in 2006.
The 2012 meta-analysis determined that detectable pesticide residues were found in 7% of organic produce samples and 38% of conventional produce samples. Organic produce had 30% lower risk for contamination with any detectable pesticide residue than conventional produce. This result was statistically heterogeneous, potentially because of the variable level of detection used among these studies. Only three studies reported the prevalence of contamination exceeding maximum allowed limits; all were from the European Union. The American Cancer Society has stated that no evidence exist that pesticide residue will lead to any form of cancer.
A study published by the National Research Council in 1993 determined that for infants and children, the major source of exposure to pesticides is through diet. A study published in 2006 by Lu et al. measured the levels of organophosphorus pesticide exposure in 23 school children before and after replacing their diet with organic food. In this study it was found that levels of organophosphorus pesticide exposure dropped from negligible levels to undetectable levels when the children switched to an organic diet, the authors presented this reduction as a significant reduction in risk. The conclusions presented in Lu et al. were criticized in the literature as a case of bad scientific communication.
More specifically, claims related to pesticide residue of increased risk of infertility or lower sperm counts have not been supported by the evidence in the medical literature. Likewise the American Cancer Society (ACS) has stated their official position that "whether organic foods carry a lower risk of cancer because they are less likely to be contaminated by compounds that might cause cancer is largely unknown." Reviews have noted that the risks from microbiological sources or natural toxins are likely to be much more significant than short term or chronic risks from pesticide residues.
To certify a farm, the farmer is typically required to engage in a number of new activities, in addition to normal farming operations:
Study the organic standards, which cover in specific detail what is and is not allowed for every aspect of farming, including storage, transport and sale.
Compliance — farm facilities and production methods must comply with the standards, which may involve modifying facilities, sourcing and changing suppliers, etc.
Documentation — extensive paperwork is required, detailing farm history and current set-up, and usually including results of soil and water tests.
Planning — a written annual production plan must be submitted, detailing everything from seed to sale: seed sources, field and crop locations, fertilization and pest control activities, harvest methods, storage locations, etc.
Inspection — annual on-farm inspections are required, with a physical tour, examination of records, and an oral interview.
Fee — an annual inspection/certification fee (currently starting at $400 to $2,000/year, in the US and Canada, depending on the agency and the size of the operation).
Record-keeping — written, day-to-day farming and marketing records, covering all activities, must be available for inspection at any time.
In addition, short-notice or surprise inspections can be made, and specific tests (e.g. soil, water, plant tissue) may be requested.
For first-time farm certification, the soil must meet basic requirements of being free from use of prohibited substances (synthetic chemicals, etc.) for a number of years. A conventional farm must adhere to organic standards for this period, often two to three years. This is known as being in transition. Transitional crops are not considered fully organic.
Certification for operations other than farms follows a similar process. The focus is on the quality of ingredients and other inputs, and processing and handling conditions. A transport company would be required to detail the use and maintenance of its vehicles, storage facilities, containers, and so forth. A restaurant would have its premises inspected and its suppliers verified as certified organic.
In some countries, organic standards are formulated and overseen by the government. The United States, the European Union, Canada and Japan have comprehensive organic legislation, and the term "organic" may be used only by certified producers. Being able to put the word "organic" on a food product is a valuable marketing advantage in today's consumer market, but does not guarantee the product is legitimately organic. Certification is intended to protect consumers from misuse of the term, and make buying organics easy. However, the organic labeling made possible by certification itself usually requires explanation. In countries without organic laws, government guidelines may or may not exist, while certification is handled by non-profit organizations and private companies.
Internationally, equivalency negotiations are underway, and some agreements are already in place, to harmonize certification between countries, facilitating international trade. There are also international certification bodies, including members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) working on harmonization efforts. Where formal agreements do not exist between countries, organic product for export is often certified by agencies from the importing countries, who may establish permanent foreign offices for this purpose. In 2011 IFOAM introduced a new program - the IFOAM Family of Standards - that attempts to simplify harmonization. The vision is to establish the use of one single global reference (the COROS) to access the quality of standards rather than focusing on bilateral agreements.
Meaning & Origin of the term "Organic"
For more details on on the production of organic food, see Organic farming.
For the vast majority of its history, agriculture can be described as having been organic; only during the 20th century was a large supply of new chemicals introduced to the food supply. The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture known as the Green Revolution.
In 1939, Lord Northbourne coined the term organic farming in his book Look to the Land (1940), out of his conception of "the farm as organism," to describe a holistic, ecologically balanced approach to farming—in contrast to what he called chemical farming, which relied on "imported fertility" and "cannot be self-sufficient nor an organic whole." This is different from the scientific use of the term "organic," to refer to a class of molecules that contain carbon, especially those involved in the chemistry of life. This class of molecules includes everything likely to be considered edible, and include most pesticides and toxins too, therefore the term "organic" and, especially, the term "inorganic" (sometimes wrongly used as a contrast by the popular press) are both technically inaccurate and completely inappropriate when applied to farming, the production of food, and to foodstuffs themselves.
Early consumers interested in organic food would look for non-chemically treated, non-use of unapproved pesticides, fresh or minimally processed food. They mostly had to buy directly from growers: "Know your farmer, know your food" was the motto. Personal definitions of what constituted "organic" were developed through firsthand experience: by talking to farmers, seeing farm conditions, and farming activities. Small farms grew vegetables (and raised livestock) using organic farming practices, with or without certification, and the individual consumer monitored.
Small specialty health food stores and co-operatives were instrumental to bringing organic food to a wider audience. As demand for organic foods continued to increase, high volume sales through mass outlets such as supermarkets rapidly replaced the direct farmer connection. Today there is no limit to organic farm sizes and many large corporate farms currently have an organic division. However, for supermarket consumers, food production is not easily observable, and product labeling, like "certified organic", is relied on. Government regulations and third-party inspectors are looked to for assurance.
Legal Definition of "Organic"
Organic food production is a self-regulated industry with government oversight in some countries, distinct from private gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification based on government-defined standards in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, foods marketed as organic are produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organic market trade organizations.
In the United States, organic production is a system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. If livestock are involved, the livestock must be reared with regular access to pasture and without the routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones.
Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95% in the United States, Canada, and Australia). Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients.
Pesticides are allowed as long as they are not synthetic. However, under U.S. federal organic standards, if pests and weeds are not controllable through management practices, nor via organic pesticides and herbicides, "a substance included on the National List of synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production may be applied to prevent, suppress, or control pests, weeds, or diseases." Several groups have called for organic standards to prohibit nanotechnology on the basis of the precautionary principle in light of unknown risks of nanotechnology. The use of nanotechnology-based products in the production of organic food is prohibited in some jurisdictions (Canada, the UK, and Australia) and is unregulated in others.
List of Organic Groceries & Non-GMO Food Companies
Amy’s sells both gluten free and products that contain gluten. You can find Amy’s frozen entrees and canned goods at places like Jewel Foods, Dominicks, Walmart, Peapod, and Whole Foods. This is a widely distributed brand of vegetarian foods. There are no meat, eggs, fish, or poultry are in any of their products. They do use dairy, however.
UndergroundHealth.com recieved an email clarifying a few things regarding Applegate Farms’ products being 100% GMO free. Their line of “organic” products is 100% GMO free as expected. However, a few of their “natural” line of products we’re found to have GMO ingredients which they are working “agressively” to remove as quickly as possible. For this list email the company from their website. They have assured us they will have all of their products 100% NON-GMO asap.
They are a stand up company who is on the forefront of becoming 100% GMO free as a whole, not just their “organic” product offerings. Please note – Applegate is also listed on the “Printable list of brands below”. Applegate Farms Organics sells mainly frozen and fresh meat products and cheeses. They have both gluten free and products that contain gluten. You can easily find Applegate Farms Organics products at places like Kroger’s, Jewel Foods, Trader Joe’s, Peapod, and Whole Foods. They have a product locator page which makes shopping very convenient, too. Visit the link to check off what you want to buy and enter your zip code. You’ll get a list of local stores that carry it. They also have an online store. Applegate Farms does not guarantee their Naturals line is non GMO.
Ciao Bella Gelato
Need a dessert brand that is healthy, free from high fructose corn syrup and non GMO? You need to try a dairy free sorbet from Ciao Bella Gelato. Local Chicago area readers can buy Ciao Bella at Super Target, Whole Foods, and Peapod. They are at Safeway stores and you can even buy them online.
This is one of the most popular non GMO companies. Earthbound sells fresh grown vegetables, fruit, granola, cookies, etc. Not all of their products are gluten free. You can get their lettuce greens and spinach in plastic containers at Jewel Foods, Dominicks, Super Target, Walmart, Super Kmart, Whole Foods, Peapod, and Costco. There’s a complete list of stores on their website. They also have frozen fruit, dried fruit, and snack products as well. Their Dipping Doubles are perfect for lunchboxes.
If you are looking for non GMO soy products, Earth Balance is a great brand. Not all their products are non GMO verified, but they are working on additional products. You can find many Earth Balance products at Whole Foods and other area health food stores. The soy free buttery spreads are sold at most local grocery stores including Dominicks, and they are available at Peapod. Are you an Amazon.com shopper? They have select varieties of peanut butter for sale.
Eden Foods Organics
This is one of our favorite non GMO companies. At one time Eden Foods was not visible in the local grocery store. Today Eden Foods can be found at local Jewel Foods, Pete’s Fresh Market, as well as local health food stores. The biggest selection of their products is at Whole Foods. If you are not in the Chicago area, visit their store locator page to find a store near you. They sell a wide variety of canned products in BPA free containers, dried goods, snacks, tomato sauce products, condiments, fruit products, and whole grains. You can also order online and have their food delivered. With Eden Foods promo code ECO13 you’ll get 20% off your online purchases until May 31, 2013.
Lundberg Family Farms
Lundberg sells a wide variety of rice products. Allergic to MSG? None of their products contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein. They carry vegan, kosher, and gluten free labels on various products. You can get organic rice cakes, organic brown rice syrup, organic rice couscous, organic MSG free risottos, organic rice chips, and organic rice. Where to buy? Get it at Meijer, Jewel Foods, Ultra Foods, Walmart, Whole Foods, Peapod, and Super Target. It’s also sold at many smaller food markets and health food stores nationwide. See their store locator page.
Mary’s Gone Crackers
This gluten free non GMO company sells cookies, crackers, pretzels, and crumbs. Local Chicago area consumers can find this brand at Jewel Foods, Peapod, Ultra Foods, County Fair, and various health food stores. If you’d like to find Mary’s Gone Crackers Products in your area, visit their store locator page.
This non GMO company has a wide range of cereal products, toaster pastries, granola bars, oatmeal products, and even high protein chia products. They have a special section for gluten free products on their site as well. Find them at Peapod, Jewel Foods, Walmart, and various health food stores. You can also buy them at Amazon.com.
Organic Valley products can be found at most local retailers in the Chicago area. Local readers can find this brand at places like Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Dominicks, Peapod, and Jewel Foods. The widest variety of their products can be found at Whole Foods. This non GMO company sells milk, cream, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and butter. They’ve also got various cheese products, organic non GMO soy products, juices, eggs, and produce. They also carry beef, chicken, pork, and turkey products. Gluten free shoppers need to check out their gluten free products listing.
There aren’t many non GMO companies that sell broths. Pacific Foods is one of them, and they can be found online through Peapod. Pacific Foods does not use MSG in their products. They sell vegetable broths, chicken broths, and beef broths. They have a wide variety of cream soups, carton soups, and condensed soups. This is the brand you want for non GMO cream of mushroom soup. Pacific Foods also has non GMO nut and grain drinks. During the holidays you can get cranberry sauce and pumpkin puree from Pacific Foods. Gluten free and food allergy shoppers need to see their page on special diets to find safe products. Don’t shop Peapod? Try Whole Foods or Amazon.com.
Looking for non GMO companies that make healthy oils? Spectrum Organics is a great non GMO brand. Healthy dieters are often told to use Canola oil when cooking. Unfortunately, canola oil is commonly made with GMO canola. Spectrum Organics carries non GMO organic canola oil, organic flax oil, organic olive oil, and organic mayonnaise made with olive oil. Spectrum is one of our favorite non GMO companies. They sell products at Meijer, Dominicks, Super Target, Kroger’s, Peapod, and Whole Foods. Locally, we buy ours from Lil’s Dietary Shop in Beverly. Visit their store locator page to find out where to buy. They also sell palm oil, which is a great substitute for butter in baked goods. Do you use Crisco oil or margarine? Start using Spectrum Palm Oil or Coconut Oil instead.
This company is one of the pioneers in non GMO labeling and sustainable farming. They sell yogurt, milk and cream, frozen yogurt, ice cream, and non dairy cultured soy yogurt products. Stonyfield can be found at nearly every large national chain store in the U.S. Stonyfield is found at Meijer, Dominicks, Super Target, Kroger’s, Peapod, and Whole Foods.
Simple Truth and Wild Harvest
In addition to these major organic and non GMO companies, both the Super Valu and the Kroger grocery stores have private label organic brands. Super Valu has several chain stores that carry their Wild Harvest organic foods label. These chains are: Acme, Albertson’s, Bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy. Kroger also has several chain stores that carry their Simple Truth organic label brand. If you are shopping for Simple Truth and Wild Harvest be sure you are buying food with organic written on the label. There is a MAJOR difference between the two labels. Foods marked as natural are not regulated. This means that they can contain pesticides and GMO ingredients in them. This can be quite tricky when you are shopping, so always look for the label.
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