Living an organic lifestyle means living in a way that is healthful for you and the environment. It is a lifestyle that encourages thoughtful, intelligent and responsible decision-making. These choices result in positive impacts for you and the earth.
In fact, as more consumers like you and I, clamor for foods produced without the use of genetic engineering, the quickest way to fulfill this desire in the absence of GMO labeling is to look for the USDA or Ecocert organic label.
Recognized as the gold standard for non - GMO, production and processing practices under these two labels, prohibit the use of genetic engineering "GE".
Confused by product labels? If you are seeking products, such as tea, produced without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, antibiotics, and genetic engineering, the USDA and/or Ecocert organic label is the best choice.
Organic is different than all other labels, and delivers more of what you are seeking. For instance:
Each organic acre of tea reduce the impact of global warming by using less petroleum and storing extra carbon in the soil.
Tea farming without toxic and persistent pesticides protect the families, farmers and waterways from exposure to harmful chemicals.
By law, organic tea is produced without the use of GE ingredients. If you want to avoid GMOs, just look for the Organic seal.
Because of national organic standards, the certification system in place ensures that tea products sold bearing the USDA and Ecocert organic label deliver all these benefits and more. To find out more about the USDA and Ecocert certification bodies, visit these websites.
The environmental benefits organic production provides are well documented.
Organic farms protect bee populations and ensure the biodiversity of other pollinators, amphibians, plants, birds and fish.
Organic management also improves soil quality by increasing microbial diversity, boosting chemical and physical soil properties, as well as nutrient content.
Pollution issues such as nitrogen pollution and climate change, can be be mitigated by converting conventional farms to organic, because organic production is less energy intensive and results in less reactive nitrogen runoff.
The health benefits of eating an organic diet are also emerging. Not only does organic allow people to avoid toxic pesticides and animals raised with antibiotics and growth hormones, minimizing exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such products can contain higher nutrients and antioxidants than conventional food.
No matter what organic products you choose to buy—from teas, fruits, vegetables and dairy products to apparel, nutritional supplements, personal care and cleaning products—you are supporting a system of agriculture that is beneficial to farmers who grow the crops, to processes who turn these crops into products for you, to communities where bees, the soil and water systems are thus protected, and to the overall health of our planet.