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Organics and Frontier

Frontier was one of the first suppliers to actively advocate organic products and organic agriculture — and we're thrilled with the strong and steady growth of organics in the natural, and now mainstream, marketplace.

We carried our first organic products in 1978, and became a certified organic processor as soon as that program was available. Today we offer a vast array of organic products — herbs, spices, teas, foods and personal care products. We have over three decades of experience in organics — and a dedicated, expert staff that continues to expand our selection and provide the best quality organic products available.

We believe organic agriculture is a crucial element in building a safe and sustainable international food supply and that the basic values of organic agriculture — concern for people and the environment — are crucial to the well being of us all.

We've worked for decades with growers in the U.S. and around the world to help expand organic agriculture. Organic products are at the core of our Well Earth ethical sourcing program, which promotes organic and sustainable agriculture along with product quality and social responsibility. We've also established the SO1% fund to donate 1% of the sales of our all-organic brand, Simply Organic, to support organic organizations and causes. And we continue to offer customers new organic alternatives that give them an opportunity to use their buying power to support the environmental and social values of organic agriculture—and make the world a better place.

Our organic sales increase as a percentage of our total sales every year — and all new products added to any of our lines must be certified organic. We work to build a market for organic crops to ensure farmers have an outlet for those crops once they switch to organic growing methods. We also maintain a fund to support farmers in transition from conventional crops to organics by paying organic premiums on their transition crops.

We have a deep and long-standing commitment to organics at Frontier, and we're proud to have been — and continue to be — a leader in our support of organic agriculture.

10 Good Reasons To Go Organic

Courtesy of the Organic Trade Association

1. Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public's assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

2. Organic food tastes great! It's common sense — well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

3. Organic production reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

4. Organic farms respect our water resources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

5. Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fencerows, wetlands, and other natural areas.

7. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research. Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture's impact on the environment.

8. Organic producers strive to preserve diversity. The lessening of our biodiversity through the loss of a large variety of species is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy. USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

10. Organic abundance - foods and non-foods alike! Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically — even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown organically.

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