Healthier products for our customers.
Safer environments for our workers.
PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST FOR THREE DECADES.
Wholesum Harvest had already been growing produce for 60 years when Theojary Crisantes, Sr. learned about the benefits of removing synthetic pesticides and herbicides from the process: healthier products for our customers and safer environments for our workers. That was 30 years ago. Our farming operations have been organic ever since.
Organic foods provide many benefits to consumers. Some studies show they have more antioxidants, less harmful residues and lower health risks than their conventionally grown counterparts.
From the beginning of our organic journey, we’ve remained diligent to find the best ways to grow the best organic produce. We’ve sent our team members to top schools and continuing education courses. We’ve brought in the latest greenhouse technologies to lessen our impact on the planet. We’ve incorporated cutting-edge growing practices — all in support of building the greatest growing environments for produce that is simple, natural and wholesome. What could be better?
To be honest, there are debates and studies that support both sides of this argument, depending on the definition of “nutrition” and the parameters of measure.
This is what we say: Sometimes health isn’t about which vitamins and nutrients are present in the body, but which chemicals aren’t. We firmly believe when you don’t eat the synthetic chemicals intended to kill insects and pests, you are assuredly healthier than if you do. In fact, check out this experiment that illustrates this perfectly.
Chemical treatments are absorbed into produce while it’s in the conventional growers’ fields or greenhouses. You might be removing the residue from the outside of the fruit or vegetable when you wash it, but the chemicals are already inside.
“Natural” isn’t a regulated word; anybody can use it; and there is no verifying their methods or their products. “Natural” foods are often assumed to be minimally processed and free of any hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors. In the United States, however, neither the FDA nor the USDA have rules or regulations for products labeled natural.
USDA Organic is the most highly regulated food certification that is also third-party verified on a regular basis. Only organic guarantees no toxic or synthetic pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers are used in production and no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to animals. If you want to see a great video about advertising with the word “natural,” check this out.
The math is simple: Greater labor inputs per unit of output equal greater costs.
1. Conventional farmers use chemicals and synthetic pesticides and herbicides, because these methods are cheap and fast. But organic produce is grown without harmful chemicals, so organic farmers hire more farm workers for pest and weed control — sometimes performed manually or by using bio-controls, which is slower and, of course, more expensive.
2. Even after the crops are harvested, organic produce needs special handling. USDA Organic certification requires organic produce to be stored and transported without coming into contact with conventionally grown produce. This must continue through the entire supply chain.
3. Organic certification generates its own costs. Farms and greenhouses must comply with specific standards, including strict recordkeeping and ongoing inspections.
Think about this, too: There are hidden costs all consumers pay, in tax dollars, for conventional foods: the price to clean up land, soil and water pollution caused by damaging chemicals.
We also believe you cannot discount the health benefits that come from a healthy, organic lifestyle, free from the synthetic chemicals in conventionally grown produce.
GMOs are organisms that have been injected with genetic material from another species. Typically, the goal is to modify the organism’s normal behavior in a way that is more advantageous to the grower. Two common modifications include:
Thirty countries throughout the world have restrictions or bans on GMO crops.
Yes, and it’s crucial to be vigilant about the risks synthetic chemicals and genetically modified foods pose to our health. There are organic options available for meat, dairy, clothing and cleaning supplies. These options allow us to be careful about not only what we put in our body, but also about the surfaces on which our food is prepared and what we put on our body. There are even organic options available for feeding Fido or Fluffy.
Organic agriculture starts with the seed. Vitalis Organic Seeds shares our commitment to organic integrity. This partnership ensures the tomato seeds we use were selected and produced under the highest organic quality standard — and then grown under the highest organic quality standard at our farms. The result? Eco-friendly and more flavorful tomatoes.
VITALIS BORN, WHOLESUM RAISED