New Year Resolutions to Eat Healthy Made Easier with Organic Snacks
Tierra Farm offers three tips for buying organic: Understand labels, support food cooperatives and know the origins of your food and labor practices of growers.
Valatie, NY (PRWEB) December 26, 2012
Keeping New Year Resolutions to live healthier can be easier to keep by adding organic products for snacking to your healthy eating routines, according to Tierra Farm, a producer of USDA certified organic nuts, dried fruit, granola and trail mixes, as well as Fair Trade chocolate and coffee products.
“Organic snacks have been a growing trend in the industry and play an important role in satisfying cravings for the salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy or whatever your taste is,” says Darren Grout, CEO of Tierra Farm.
“Research shows that organic products are not just a luxury or novelty,” he says. “Organic foods avoid chemical pesticides that can be damaging to health and the environment, while providing beneficial nutrients that conventionally grown counterparts cannot.”
When shopping for organic foods, Tierra Farm offers these tips:
- Understand Labels — Look for the USDA Certified Organic label that shows the food meets the standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture´s National Organic Program. This provides legal assurance that these food products are grown without using synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage-sludge-based fertilizers.
- Support your local food cooperatives – Food cooperatives are worker or customer-owned businesses that provide grocery items of the highest quality and best value to their members. Food co-ops are committed to consumer education, product quality and member control. Organic snack foods can be sold pre-packaged or in bulk containers where consumers can mix and match their favorites.
- Know the origin of your products and labor practices – Start by asking a few basic questions: Where did my food come from, who produced it, and under what conditions? Look for Fair Trade certifications, where available, on products such as coffee and chocolates. Fair Trade certification shows that products meet agreed-upon environmental, labor and developmental standards to help ensure fair prices and treatment for growers.
Going into the New Year, make the resolution to appreciate and enjoy organic foods with family and friends. “Organic food nourishes us beyond nutrients. Sharing a healthy meal gives us time to slow down, enjoy each other´s company and express gratitude for our food,” Grout says.
About Tierra Farm
Established in 1999, Tierra Farm exclusively manufactures and distributes USDA-certified organic foods, including dry-roasted and raw nuts and seeds, unsulfured dried fruit, granola and trail mixes, and nut butters, as well as Fair Trade coffee and chocolate-covered nut and fruit products sold in pre-packaged and bulk at co-ops and health food stores in 30 states.
The company roasts, mixes and flavors its organic products in micro-batches to ensure freshness and the highest quality from its peanut-free roasting and distribution center in Valatie, NY. All of Tierra Farm´s products are USDA-certified and grown without synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms or chemical fertilizers. The company´s trans-fat free snacks are made without added oils or refined sugar.
Located in the Hudson Valley, Tierra Farm is a socially and environmentally responsible privately-owned company that is committed to fair business practices for growers around the world, high-quality working conditions and outstanding benefits for its employees, and promoting healthy eating and living. Tierra Farm buys products as close to home as possible, sources products domestically where available, and has close relationships with growers around the world.
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