The demand for organic products has become a lot higher, especially with our growing health and environmentally conscious society. At Nature’s World, we take great care in providing a healthier and different alternative to snacking. Our facility is currently organically certified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and its Organic Program. We meet all of the criteria set forth by the WSDA to handle, package, and sell organically certified nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and trail mix.
What does organic really mean?
A lot of people hear the word organic and aren’t really sure what it means. Organic fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. When it comes to meat, poultry, or eggs, they are considered organic as long as the animals have not been given growth hormones or antibiotics.
What is the WSDA Organic Program?
WSDA Organic Program is accredited as a certification agent by USDA. As a certification agent of the National Organic Program, the WSDA Organic Program’s role is to inspect and certify organic operations; verifying that they are meeting all of the requirements of USDA organic standards.
How the WSDA Organic Program defines organic:
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that an agricultural product has been produced by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Use of sewage sludge, irradiation, genetic engineering, and most synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is prohibited.
There is a misconception among some consumers that dried fruits and nuts cannot be organic if they contain anything other than just that dried fruit or nut. That is simply not true. Dried fruits or nuts that are organic and processed in an organically certified facility using other organic ingredients are still considered organic. For example, our organic banana chips contain in addition to the organically grown and certified bananas, organic coconut oil, and organic cane sugar. Therefore, since all of these ingredients are grown organically, the banana chips are still considered organic.
Sometimes people think that organic is the same thing as all natural. This is false. Although all natural products may not contain any additives or preservatives that does not mean that they are organic. They can be all natural, but contain products that are not grown or produced organically.
Why is organic food more expensive than non-organic food?
We’ve heard people ask this question, and you’ve probably asked the same question yourself. You’ve heard of the phrase ‘time is money’, right? Well, not only are organic farms smaller than conventional ones but because organic farmers refrain from using the chemicals and growth hormones used by conventional farmers, on average, it takes more time to produce these organic crops. Organic crops are held to a higher standard and processed in a different, more regulated way than non-organic foods and because of that, the production cost is higher. The higher cost of organic products represents a more true cost of growing. Since there are no chemicals used in growing organic that prevent insects from ruining crops, the process is much more labor intensive. So much more goes into the methods for organic farming than conventional farming and that includes: more management, most organic products are grown in much smaller areas than conventional products which means the smaller amount of land produces less overall organic products in comparison to standard products. Therefore, the smaller supply of organic products also contributes to why organic is more expensive than non-organic.
Becoming organically certified has not been easy. Our facility has worked long and hard to pass all kinds of inspections. We have set in place strict and accurate monitoring of all the organic products, which is essential in maintaining our certification. We must keep records of all received and shipped organic merchandise and current records of the organic suppliers must be kept as well. Here at Nature’s World, we have specially designated areas where we store our raw and finished organic products. We also have special packaging equipment and procedures that we follow specifically for handling organic products to ensure no cross contamination with non-organic products.
As a company, our goal is to bring our customers not only great tasting snacks, but snacks that are of a high nutritional value that will meet the demands of an ever-increasing active lifestyle, and the health and environmentally conscious society. We pride ourselves with honesty and integrity and when purchasing the ingredients that go to make up the products we have dealt with companies that are of the same mindset. We love our customers and we take great care in providing nothing but the best tasting and highest quality organic products. Our organic certification is your assurance that our organic products have been grown and handled according to the strictest procedures available and gives you piece of mind when feeding your family. From our family to yours.