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More and more people are choosing organic food for themselves and their families because they are concerned with the food they eat. We at Walnut Acres have been producing organic food since the company was established in 1946. You may already know that food grown organically is produced without any synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. But there's much more to it than that. We believe in organic farming and organic food, and we want to share all of its benefits with you.

Here you'll find some of the reasons that keep us committed to eating organic and hopefully a few ways you and your family can, too.


Your Health Benefits

The US Department of Agriculture standards of organic food production and labeling, effective October 21, 2002, are among the most stringent in the world. They prohibit many of the practices and substances common in conventional agriculture, such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The risks of GMOs are still unknown, which is why the Europeans have shunned them, and the European Union has demanded labeling of all GMO products.

Organic certification prohibits the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional agriculture, because organic farmers have proved that they can grow just as much nutritious and delicious food without them. This is good news for you and the environment. There is already too much exposure to chemicals in our lives -- we don't need to eat and drink them also. Pesticide residues seem to pose an extra hazard to our children due to their higher metabolism, low body weight, and higher relative fruit consumption. Choosing organic food is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of pesticide residues in your family's diet.

In addition to fewer pesticides, studies show that there are substantially more nutrients in organic food. Dr. Virginia Worthington, PhD has published a study that reviews 41 published scientific studies comparing the nutritional quality of organic food. She found that organic food contained 27% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 29% more magnesium, and 13% more phosphorous.1 These results were astounding to many, but organic farmers have always known that healthy soil produces healthy food.

Click here to learn more about the Principles of Organic Farming


Your Environmental Benefits

The environmental benefits of choosing organic are truly too long to list here. Scientists, farmers, academics and even governments have been demonstrating the environmental benefits of organic agriculture for decades. It's a wonder that organic agriculture hasn't caught on sooner. Those same chemicals that we don't want in our diet are devastating our countryside. Conventional broad-spectrum pesticides don't just kill agricultural pests, they kill just about everything in their path.

The chemical fertilizers and toxic persistent pesticides used in conventional agriculture are notorious for running off into our streams and permeating watersheds. They leach into our ground water and are responsible for the so-called "Dead Zone" at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Too many healthy waterways, fisheries and tracts of land have been damaged due to chemical fertilizers and pesticides infiltrating our watersheds.

The goal of organic agriculture is to work with nature to preserve the vitality and sustainability of our natural resources for future generations. Instead of relying on destructive chemicals, organic farmers use sophisticated techniques to improve and protect the soil's health and promote biodiversity. By rotating crops, farmers are able to suppress pest populations. By inter-planting and rotating legumes and forage crops organic farmers rest and replenish the soil. Compost and other natural nutrients are applied to the earth so that nothing goes to waste and the soil is even more enriched. To fight pests organic farmers encourage natural predators like ladybugs, spiders, birds and other natural predators. Woodlots are preserved and prairie grasses are planted to provide critical habitat to these species and other wildlife.


Your Community Benefits

Organic farmers are stewards of the land. They are proud of what they do, and we are proud of them. Every day more farmers are learning about organic. Once they switch, they nearly never go back. And this helps rural communities everywhere. Organic farmers invest in the long-term health of their land, and this benefits them and their neighbors. They've earned our support.

At Walnut Acres we know that healthy soil leads to healthy food, healthy people and healthy communities.


1"Nutritional Quality of Organic Versus Conventional Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains," Worthington, V, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2001, pp. 161-173. (Dr. Worthington earned her Masters of Science in Nutritional Science from the University of Maryland, and PhD in Science from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health).

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