Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by GRO Organic. The information below is written and shared by me.
Over the last 12 years that I have been buying food for my family, I have seen an increase in demand for organic produce. I am hearing more regular conversation from friends, family and colleagues about their concern for the quality and safety of the food they eat. Moms want to make sure they are feeding their children food that is safe from harmful chemicals and pesticides. We want to eat produce from natural, non-genetically modified plants.
Thankfully, over this same time, farmers and food suppliers are acknowledging our desire to have cleaner, healthier food, and as a result, the availability of organic foods has grown tremendously.
What is GRO Organic
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) have been working for several years to pull together everyone in the organic industry to form an organic check-off (referred to as GRO Organic). Through these efforts, $30 million a year can be raised to spend on research that can improve farming methods and accelerate organic practices in more farms in the U.S. These funds will also be used to educate consumers on what organic really means, and the benefits that we can all receive by adding more organic food into our diets.
When more people want to eat organic, and more farms are able to produce organic foods in a more efficient way, we can start to really see dramatic change in the accessibility of safer, higher quality food for everyone.
How You Can Help the Organic Movement
The USDA wants to hear your feedback on their proposal for a nationwide research and promotion of the Organic Check-Off Program for the organic industry.
Is eating organic important to you? Do you regularly buy organic produce? Do you want more information on what farming practices must take place to label produce “organic”?
Now, through May 20, 2017, you can let your voice be heard by leaving a comment below. This will go directly to the USDA’s Federal Registry:
Why I Support GRO Organic
After I had my first child, I started reading labels on the foods I bought. I admit, I was a little horrified when I read how many ingredients went into making a single food product. After that, I started making the vast majority of my food from scratch. My shopping cart went from being filled with boxes and cans, to fresh produce, raw meats and whole grains.
Once I started researching genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and I learned about the potential dangers that come from consuming them, I made the decision buy organic food whenever I can.
I support the Organic Check-off because 25% of the funds will be used to help bring new farmers into organic production. This will likely drive down the price of organic produce, increase the availabitility of organic produce, and get healthier foods in the hands of more Americans. More children can grow up eating food that is free from pesticides and GMOs.
With the Organic Check-off, 75% of the estimated $30 million generated will be spent on research that will lead to more sustainable farming practices. Additionally, this will give consumers more organic food choices. Just think about the environmental impact that will have!
I support the Organic Check-off, and will be sharing my feedback in the USDA’s Federal Registry. I hope you will too!
You can read more aboutGRO Organic Check-off Program on Mamavation’s website.