September is National Organic Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness surrounding organic foods, farming, and production! The organic movement began in the early 1900s as a direct response to the modernization and growth of industrial agriculture, primarily toward synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and use of pesticides. By the 1970s, the organic movement became a global ideal that has continued to progress. In present day America, environmental awareness has been a driving force fueling the demand for organic farming practices which are beneficial to the environment and the foods we consume.
Organic food is defined by the USDA either as produce that has been grown in soil that “had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest”, or in the case of animal products, “animals are raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors (like the ability to graze on pasture), fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not administered antibiotics or hormones.” [Organic 101: What the USDA Orgnaic Label Means]
In addition to edible foods, a vast number of consumer products are produced from plant crops. Natural raw materials such as glycerin, coconut oil, and essential oils are staples in formulating a large percentage of personal care and cosmetic products. Because these products are typically applied to our own bodies, formulators and consumers opt for organic-certified raw materials to avoid pesticides and other unwanted synthetic materials. Organic-certified foods and consumer products have drastically risen in popularity during the past two decades as more awareness and information regarding the benefits of organic farming has become available.
Jedwards International is a proud supplier of over 120 organic certified products and continuously aims to source organic certified alternatives to our conventional ingredients for consumers to exercise by their choice, as well as supporting the organic movement! This month, we’re thrilled to give a big shout out and thank you to the organic farmers and plantations we work closely with. Our product offering wouldn’t be what it is today without their continued support and diligence adhering to organic certified rules and regulations and producing high quality organic certified natural ingredients.
To view our organic certified inventory by category, visit bulknaturaloils.com!