About Organic Foods
CLEAN: Certified Organic grains are grown naturally without synthetic chemicals. The USDA organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Animals are raised without added hormones or antibiotics.
QUALITY: Certified Organic foods are not irradiated or genetically engineered. The USDA organic standards also prohibit all synthetic colors and flavors and preservatives.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Organic Farming practices help protect the environment through soil building, crop rotation and cover crops.
Whole Grain Milling's Organic Certification
Our farm was certified in 1989 after three years of following organic standards. Every year an inspector comes to do a thorough examination of our fields, mill and paperwork. We are also inspected by a Minnesota State Inspector. Currently we are certified by the USDA and GOAO which is in turn certified by NOPS.
Is Organic Food Better?
We have always maintained that organic food was better nutritionally than conventionally grown food. That it tasted better was obvious, but better nutritionally? Well, now a recent four year study comparing organic food with conventionally grown food confirms this, according to the London Daily Telegraph. The study, involving some 30 research centers and universities in Europe and elsewhere, was funded by a grant of £12 million ($25 million) from the European Union.
At the Newcastle University, both organic and conventional fruit, grain and vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, lettuce and wheat were grown in adjacent fields. Milk production from both organic and conventional herds was also part of the study. The findings: organic fruit and vegetables contained up to 40% more antioxidants than conventionally grown; and the organic milk had 60-80% more antioxidant levels as well as much more Vitamin E than the milk from the conventional herd. No wonder organic food tastes better.