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ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ORGANIC?

The Short Answer:
We cannot guarantee any product is organic nor will we make unsubstantiated claims.

The Long Answer:
Organic products must be grown on land that has not had synthetic fertilizers, growth regulators, insecticides, or herbicides applied to it for a minimum of three years. Organics aren't necessarily more nutritious or better tasting that conventionally grown products, and there aren't any conclusive studies that prove they're safer to eat. So why buy them? Buying organics makes sense for the socially responsible shopper because it proves you wish to help the Earth. But many times you are not getting what you think you are paying for.

Organic agriculture requires a different mind set than conventional modern agriculture. Conventional agriculture focuses on pushing resources to obtain maximum yield. This focus was developed as 20th-century farmers needed to feed an ever-growing number of hungry mouths. But what produces tremendous yield in the short run can be harmful to the land in the long run and may eventually jeopardize its ability to produce. Planting the same crop year after year, as is done in conventional farming, can deplete the soil of its nutrients and encourage infestations of harmful weeds and pests. Conventional farming methods erode over 30 billion tons of topsoil from US croplands each year. Organic farming instead uses earth-friendly pest control methods like crop rotation and beneficial insects. Organic farmers work to replenish and preserve the land for future generations, building the soil by using composted manure and crop diversification. But the farmer's neighbor may be farming the old fashion way and his sprays, fertilizers and water runoff will over-spray onto the Organic Farmer's field. Plus I am bothered that many organic farms are very close, if not next to the highways and freeways of today's population. This location exposes the fields to all the car and truck fumes spewing toxic metals right over the "Organic" farmer's field. Note, it is not required to be fume free or heavy metal free for certification.

The labeling that a product is organic is only a paid certification seal. To qualify for this seal, an organic farmer must maintain and document organic practices for three years. After this time, the certifying agency the farmer has chosen to work with sends an inspector to the site to approve the operation and grant the certification seal. The farmer maintains the organic status by keeping thorough records of soil and water testing; crop rotations; weed, insect and disease controls; a crop field lot number system; and records of agreements with neighboring landowners and county officials about spraying in the vicinity. There is no real product testing to see if the petitioning farm's products are any better or safer than the farmer's product next door. Due to the lack of resources, many of these certifications are granted on the honor system as there are not enough inspectors to check each field. The farmers pays a little for the certification seal that allows them to proclaim their products as organic, and thus, worthy of a higher price.

To qualify for “Organic” designation you must guarantee that at least 70% of your crop is organic. There is leeway to use nonorganic procedures during the nonharvesting times of growing. These may be soil replenishment during fallow times or should total crop failure occur. Through the use of natural untreated fertilizers, derived from human or domestic animal waste, the crops can be exposed to all the antibiotics, hormones, and diseases that can be passed on through such waste by-products. It may be Organically approved, but is it medically and ethically safe?

Some of our product sources claim to be organic, however we do not advertise this because of the unknown factors listed above. We do guarantee that our products are first grade. They are guaranteed to be free of added pesticides, herbicides, and not irradiated (microwaved).

Dragonmarsh stores them in a pest free warehouse, kept pest-free without the use of sprays or baits. All items are packed with our clean packaging process under health department inspection. Each item is individually processed thus eliminating the possibility of cross contamination or name confusion. All our products are packaged in PET food grade plastic bags with biodegradable labels to help the environment.

Feel free to contact us at any time and discuss our packaging process and safe food handling of our products.

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