We at Manna Organics believe organic foods are the best way to nourish our body, while taking care of the planet. There are numerous reasons why to go organic - just to name a few:
The word organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic food is produced (grown, stored, processed, packaged and shipped) without adding any synthetic chemical inputs - which means that it does not contain any pesticides, antibiotics, fertilizers, food additives (among others), no genetically modified foods organisms, and was not exposed to irradiation or use of sewage.
Organic farmers who grow organic produce focus on sustainable agriculture, by using renewable resources. At the same time, by eliminating polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, they support the preservation of soil and water, as well as biodiversity.
Sustainable and organic agriculture is particularly important since soil is the foundation of our food chain; moreover, the diminishing of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most vital ecological concerns today.
Besides not being good for the soil, chemical exposure is not good for human health, particularly not good for children. There is also more and more scientific evidence that organic food contains more nutrients and antioxidants.
As of 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed national standards and started the National Organic Program http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop for organic food production and handling.
USDA Organic labeling is broken down into 4 subcategories.
- 100% Organic (contains 100% organic ingredients. E.g. a piece of fruit)
- Organic (Contains 95% or more organic ingredients)
- Made With Organic Ingredients (70% or more organic ingredients)
- < 70% Organic Ingredients ( < 70% organic ingredients)
All Manna Organics products contain between 95% and 100% organic and are therefore certified "Organic" by Quality Assurance International (QAI), which means that an organic certification organization, accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture, has validated that products labeled as "organic" meet the defined organic standards.