We're different and we love it! Pure Sprouts is growing and the press is noticing. Check out some articles about Pure Sprouts over the past 4 years!
Lehigh Valley Marketplace, April 2010 issue
Feature on Pure Sprouts
Natural Awakenings, July 2010 Issue
Local and Organic Foods for All Generations
Natural Awakings, January 2012
Pure Sprouts Live interview
Lehigh Valley Mirror, May 2012
Pure Sprouts Expands into Bucks and Montgomery Counties
Natural Awakenings, July 2012
Company Delivers Organic Foods to Homes Throughout the Lehigh Valley
Morning Call, July 2012
Pure Sprouts is Fresh and Local
Morning Call online, July 2012
Definition of Organic:
The following definition of "organic" was passed by the NOSB at its April 1995 meeting in Orlando, FL.
"Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
‘Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.
Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.
Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people."
Why Organic? (from www.theorganicreport.com):
- Organic products meet stringent standards
- Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.
- Organic food tastes great!
- It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
- Organic production reduces health risks
- Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.
- Organic farms respect our water resources
- The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
- Organic farmers build healthy soil
- Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
- Organic farmers work in harmony with nature
- Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
- Organic producers are leaders in innovative research
- Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.
- Organic producers strive to preserve diversity
- The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
- Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy
USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.
For your children:
Why are organics important for children (from www.theorganicreport.com):
• Children with their smaller size, rapid growth rate and speedy metabolisms are more vulnerable to developmental damage than adults. Research shows that a child gets four times more exposure to pesticides in their foods than adults
• Immature infant organs and body systems are more susceptible to damage from toxins in foods. Infant digestive tracts absorb toxins more easily, and young kidneys are inefficient at excreting toxins, allowing them to circulate longer in the body.
• Infants' diets are usually restricted to a small range of foods that may also place them at higher risk of pesticide exposure.
• Current regulations of acceptable pesticide residues allowed in conventional, non-organically grown food are based on standards developed for adult consumption not children. Children just cannot withstand that level of exposure.
• Research shows that organically grown foods may be more nutritious than conventionally grown foods. For example, organic fruits and vegetables have been shown to contain more vitamin C and are richer in some antioxidants such as polyphenolic compounds. Furthermore, organically grown grains may have better quality protein than non-organic grains.
• Organically grown foods taste better too!