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General, Philosophy – July 9, 2021

What Does Certified Organic Really Mean?

By Neka Pasquale, Founder of Urban Remedy

When I started Urban Remedy my mission was the same as it is today, to create the cleanest most nutrient dense food as possible with delicious and ready to eat options to make eating healthy easy. Becoming certified organic was a way to ensure our ingredients were clean from toxic pesticides, GMOs and were grown in a way that is better for you and the environment.

What Does Certified Organic Mean?

The current rules on food labeling leave a lot of room for vague claims like “all natural” that make it difficult to distinguish between food produced by sustainable farmers using humane practices, and corporate agribusinesses greenwashing their products. I believe we all have a right to know what’s in our food, how it’s produced, and where it’s from. The most meaningful label on your food is the USDA Organic seal. For a product to be certified organic, they cannot contain food additives.

This includes GMOs, irradiated foods, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, coloring and flavorings.

Organic Farming

Organically grown crops tend to use natural fertilizers like manure instead of sewer sludge to improve plant growth. Additionally, organic crops cannot be grown with synthetic fertilizers or toxic synthetic pesticides.

Organic farming tends to improve soil quality and the conservation of groundwater. It also reduces pollution and is better for the environment.

Animals raised organically are also not given antibiotics or hormones.

Certified Organic Company

Urban Remedy is a Certified B Corp and certified organic company. This means:

-All of our produce, nuts, grains, seeds, and spices are certified organic.

-Our proteins are 100% organic and pasture raised to support animal welfare. 

-All of our produce, nuts, grains, seeds, and spices are certified organic.

-Our proteins are 100% organic and pasture/free range raised to support animal welfare. 

Who We Are

We are proud that our Urban Remedy family is comprised of many individuals that share our vision and are able to bring their experience in sustainability for a stronger foundation. I am proud to highlight our Sr. Director of Procurement, Tina Cosentino. Tina brings 25 years of experience in environmental policy, global procurement and supply chain strategy. She grew up packing apricots to sell at her family’s retail markets, “Cosentino’s” which was a successful family business in San Jose, CA for over 55 years. As an advocate to transform our food system, she assisted with the development of farmer field schools in Mexico and the northern sierras of Ecuador, where more than 2,000 farmers transitioned their land to organic agriculture. At CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers, an organic certification agency and Urban Remedy’s current certifier) Tina managed the organic marketing education program serving 2,400 certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors/handlers and retailers. Tina founded the Farmer Education Network (FEN), a network of non-profit CA farmer education organizations serving to build business and production skills among CA sustainable farmers.

Tina has cultivated many relationships with family farms. Below is a short list of farms we source from directly.

List of Organic Farms that Urban Remedy directly sources from

Thank you for your support in the organic movement. By purchasing organic products you support clean unpolluted habitats for wild animals, fish, and birds who depend upon healthy plants, streams, rivers, and lakes. You reduce the number of pesticides and high levels of hormones and antibiotics for you and your family. Increase healthy nutrients primarily because the soil is managed and nourished in a different way that will allow the food to develop more nutrients during the growing process. You also support preserving agricultural diversity it’s estimated that 75% of our crop’s genetic diversity has lost in the last century. Many conventional farms today consist of just one type of crop. Smaller organic farms, however, often promote biodiversity and include a number of different kinds of foods. By choosing organic you are voting with your dollars. Every time you grocery shop you have the opportunity to invest in your health and support a better future for the environment. Together we can make a dramatic change in the state of the world. Let’s do this!

In gratitude,

Neka

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