Healthy Crops

Soil fumigation allows consumers to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables of higher quality at a price they can afford since severe pests and diseases are managed and harvests are suitable for sale. Eating fruits and vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

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USDA: “Make Half Your Plate Fruits & Vegetables”

  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
  • Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
  • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss. (Source: USDA)

Organic vs. Conventional: different production methods Recently, organic has become a badge of good health and good parenting. Have you considered it may simply be a different production method? Don’t let the cost of organic keep you from staying healthy. Here’s why…

The Organic Rationale

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People who buy organic usually cite: Consider that: What we stand for:
“They’re safer. Fruits and vegetables labeled as organic are generally grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.” Organic farmers can and often do use pesticides. The difference is that conventional farmers are allowed to use synthetic pesticides, whereas organic farmers are mostly limited to naturally-derived ones. (See US Organic Standards.) Keep in mind “naturally-derived” doesn’t necessarily mean “safer” and sometimes requires higher, more frequent dosing. Caring about food safety and stewarding our products by working with university researchers, company scientists, and government regulators to ensure a safe, healthy food supply, regardless of production method.
“They’re kinder to the environment. Organic farming practices are designed to be more sustainable, emphasizing conservation and reducing pollutants.” Organic farming can require more than 40% more land than conventional farming to produce a comparable quantity yield. That additional land requires more water, more labor, and more pest control. (Source: 2006 UC Extension Study) Ongoing focus and investment in R&D that continues to: - reduce emissions, - optimize chemical efficacy that reduces amount used, - reduce, reuse and recycle our materials, - and better protect our food production.
“They’re healthier. A few studies have suggested organic foods might be higher in nutrients than their traditional counterparts.” A recent study examined the past 50 years' worth of scientific articles about the nutrient content of organic and conventional foods. The researchers concluded that organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs are comparable in their nutrient content. (Source: mayoclinic.org) Just making sure your plate is filled with healthy fruits and vegetables. Indeed, if the research literature is clear about anything regarding fruits and vegetables, it’s that eating more of them—conventional or organic—does good things for the body.

As a company committed to growers of all kinds and the safe, plentiful production of food, we encourage you to make your own choice of conventional or organic. *The most important thing is that your diet and your family’s diet are filled with fruits and vegetables.