I tried to search to see if this was already discussed but didn't find anything.
Landon Sunrich wrote:Elle,
You do not want my opinion on this one. Trust me. I've worked way too long in the field. Yes, people respond to labels. PRACTICES are way more important than labels. Labels can be fudged and faked. That's all I've got to say.
I have the exact same opinion as you I believe. I'd really rather not go through the process of being certified. However, as you say, people respond to labels and I can't use the organic one unless I'm certified. Or can I?
You can apply here - https://www.naturallygrown.org/programs/requirements
It costs much less than Organic Cert, is less political, but still gives your customers some security with what they are purchasing.
Also, if you can put up a website explaining how you do things and why (you know educate the people)
And offer tours of your facilities during certain times or by appointment, this too gives people proof of what they are buying.
I hope this helps
At the farmer's market people ask if my crops are "organic". My response is one of horror.... "Oh heavens no!!! Organic is a term that is owned by the government, and it has more to do with paperwork than with food safety." People already know the lay of the political landscape, so they grok it immediately. The next question is, "Do you spray your crops?" My response is one of delight, "Never! I will not intentionally poison myself, my farm, or my customers." People are really asking, "Is is safe? What poisons do you apply?"
I use the terms "Naturally Grown", or "No -cides Used", or "No -cides Applied For More Than 6 Years". They are not asking if I sprinkle irrigate...
John Wolfram wrote:The term "natural" has picked up a bit of a negative connotation over the years, so I wonder how many people see the CNG label and think it's bull.
Well the label has their website on it, so a person can go and see for themselves what is involved with the certification process.
It is meaningful, for some, but not for everyone. Small scale productions can just explain things one client at a time.
Many farmers have been using 'naturally raised' over 'organic' for some time now, and people do recognize the distinction. It is not the same thing as throwing the word Natural or Natural Ingredients on a label.
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