How we allocate our money shapes the world. Our purchases say yay or nay to everything from labor conditions, to personal health, to environmental advocacy. Though supply chains are becoming demystified, it can still be difficult to know if our shopping dollars support our values.
Here at Coconut Bliss, we understand that health is paramount to well-being. We also understand that it’s important to feel good about the ingredients and labor behind the sweet bliss you enjoy.
Part of our ability to create high quality dairy-free frozen treats stems from using exemplary organic ingredients. Choosing organic is a team priority and an essential aspect of our mission. Our commitment to organic led members of our leadership team to Washington, DC, this week. They’re attending the Organic Trade Association sponsored Organic Week. The event brings together organic advocates from across the country to raise awareness and share information with lawmakers about the organic industry.
Advocating for the organic industry to policymakers is essential to the expansion of educational resources and financial support. Organic isn’t simply a grocery decision. It’s a decision that reflects passion, compassion, and values.
Skeptics often dismiss organic certification as a marketing tool, but organic isn’t merely a logo.
The organic food system is the most heavily regulated food system in the United States. When the Organic Food Protection Act passed in 1990, it created the US National Organic Standards, the US National Organic Program, and the National Organic Standards Board. These developments helped build a system that’s nationally understood and regulated.
What is organic?
It may seem obvious, but many people don’t know exactly what organic means. The United States Department of Agriculture regulates organics in the United States, and defines organic as:
“the application of a set of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. These include maintaining or enhancing soil and water quality; conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife; and avoiding use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering.
“Organic producers use natural processes and materials when developing farming systems—these contribute to soil, crop and livestock nutrition, pest and weed management, attainment of production goals, and conservation of biological diversity.”
What is Organic Certification?
A company must have Third-Party Organic Certification to claim organic status. A USDA-accredited certifying agent must verify regulation compliance. You can find details about the regulations here.
The important thing to know is that Organic Certification is in place to observe and certify every aspect of the organic process. The certification requirements encompass everything from farmland to manufacturing facilities to preparation and processes. Integrity is a priority.
Why choose organic?
We are passionate about organic for many reasons. Coconut Bliss wants to empower those that come before us in the supply chain, promote environmental longevity, and offer healthful goodness to those who enjoy our blissful treats. Organic ties these passions together. Some of the powerful reasons that inspire us to support organic include the health of the people, the planet, the economy and you!
According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, the majority of US farm workers belong to a minority group. Less than 1 percent of US farmland is certified organic. That means the majority of farm workers are directly exposed to the synthetic chemicals used in conventional farming. Traditionally vulnerable minority groups are not only exposed while working, but those who live in areas surrounding conventional farms also have a high likelihood of exposure.
Conventional pesticide exposure can lead to acute pesticide poisoning. Short term symptoms include nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, and seizures. Long term effects include cancer, reproductive complications, endocrine system disruption, respiratory conditions, and neurological disorders.
Organic farming methods decrease these negative health impacts.
Throughout the United States, organic farming has shown to improve the financial landscapes of surrounding communities. In areas where an organic “hotspot” is located, median household incomes increase by $2000 and poverty rates lower by 1.35 percent. Are you in an organic hotspot? Learn more here.
Better health conditions and increased financial abundance? Sounds good to us.
Organic farming encourages farmers to work in harmony with nature instead of against it. Traditional farming methods use synthetic chemicals to increase and maintain yields. Following the conventional approach, land is seen for its yield, not how it will serve the landscape and future generations. The addition of organic material to the soil and following varied planting patterns allows soil to enrich over time. Those are key aspects to organic farming methods, and healthy topsoil reduces erosion.
Conventional farming methods are also heavily reliant on fossil fuels and contribute to the depletion of soil carbon. Research has shown that organic, regenerative agriculture has the potential to hold carbon in soil and reduce the impacts of climate change. The use of synthetic chemicals in conventional farming has shown to pollute air, water, soil, and living things. Some researchers attribute ocean dead zones to farming chemical run off.
Eating organic reduces synthetic chemical exposure, and though you may not directly handle conventional farming chemicals, conventional produce may be laced with them. Studies show that the entire US population is exposed to agricultural chemicals on a regular basis, and there’s concern they may cause reproductive disorders, birth defects, and cancer.
Choosing organic not only supports practices that are good for you, it supports practices that are good for your community and the planet.
It’s a priority for us to keep our luscious dairy-free delights healthy for your body, mind, and soul. As a trailblazer in the non-dairy frozen dessert sector, Coconut Bliss has always been, and remains, 100% committed to organic. You can show your support for organic by enjoying our coconut milk ice cream one blissful bite at a time!
Discover more about what’s happening this week in Washington, DC. Check out the hashtag #ORGANICWEEKDC on social media.