“If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.”
-Norman Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution
What is organic? In truth, traditional agricultural success was rooted in principles of caring not only for the crops, but for the land on which they grew. As mankind ceased its existence as hunters and gatherers, agriculture has played a vital role in our everyday lives.
In conjunction with the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, people shifted away from sustenance farming, or growing food for personal or community consumption, to a more controlled industrial agricultural system. With the use of chemicals, more food could be grown in these environments while easing the burden on labor.
Today, the word “organic” carries a different meaning, one that places value on the health of the ecosystem as well as the general population. Organic farming is a response to the industrialization of conventional food production in which crops are routinely bathed in chemical herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers. These chemicals ultimately wind up in our ecosystems and on our dinner plates, where they may cause harm through the slow poisoning of our bodies and our planet.
The rise of organic farming as we know it today began in the 1970s when agriculturalists began to take notice of the negative effects of chemicals on the environment and the body. From these realizations, some people began to take back the production of their foods, putting an emphasis on more traditional and natural methods of growing crops.
Today, more people are becoming aware of the benefits of organically produced food, including the demand for higher nutritional content, better taste and lower exposure to chemical toxins. Farmers and eco-minded businesses are working together to provide people with healthy, safe and delicious foods created to healthfully feed the body without destroying the planet.
At Truly Organic Baking, we value the health of our customers as much as our own. Using ingredients from sustainable farms, we work hard to create products that connect us with our food’s natural origins, reflecting our commitment to the environment and to a healthy overall lifestyle.