1. Certified Organic produce comes from farms that have been certified organic. To become certified organic growers must go through a three year, 3rd party verification process of their growing, handling and post harvest management processes including ongoing soil testing. This 3 year , 3rd party verification process guarantees your produce is certified organic from seed to disribution.

2. Certified Organic produce is chemical and pesticide free. Conventional produce can be treated with hundreds of different chemicals and pesticides many of which cannot even be washed off. The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 artificial poisons on its skin, even after rinsing. Trust your instincts, and go organic!

3. Fresh certified organic produce is proven to be nutritionally superior to conventional produce containing on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients that are essential to maintain a healthy body.

4. Certified Organic produce tastes better too! Thanks to the nutrient rich soil they are grown on, certified organic fruit and vegetables are juicy and full of flavor. Your taste buds will notice the difference!

5. Eating certified organic produce helps you avoid eating controversial genetically modified (GM) food that is being added to our food supply with no labeling requirements.

6. Certified Organic farming is safer for farm workers since there are no dangerous chemicals and pesticides to be handled or inhaled.

7. Certified Organic farming is safer for the environment. The dangerous chemicals and pesticides used in conventional farming can leach into our water supply, run off into streams and rivers and drift through the air to neighboring fields.

8. Certified Organic farming is sustainable. Unlike conventional farming that depletes and exhausts the soil and creates dependency on chemicals and pesticides to continue to grow crops year after year. Certified Organic farmers use methods including natural pest repellents and fertilizers, companion crops, and crop rotation to ensure the soil stays strong and healthy for the long term.

9. Here are links to a few sites that go into great detail about the importance of certified organic produce.

            http://www.organicconsumers.org       http://www.organic.org      http://www.organic-center.org          

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