Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why Organic?

Soler Romero olive groves in Southern Spain.
via Badger Balm newsletter.

Badger uses 10,000 gallons of USDA Certified Organic Olive Oil each year from the Soler Romero olive groves in Southern Spain.

A Certified Organic product is made from ingredients grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, GMOs, or synthetic pesticides.

In their opinion, organic agriculture results in ingredients that are better for people and better for our planet.They believe that compassionate, sustainable organic agriculture is both the legacy of the past and  hope for the future.

The USDA certification is a food-grade standard so you will see it used most often on vegetables, fruits and other food products. However, if a body care product meets these stringent requirements it can also be certified by the USDA, and most of Badger's products bear this seal.

Their goal at Badger is to take the organic certification as a first step on a road toward cultivating a higher standard for ingredients; from the farm fields to your home. The next step is working towards sourcing even more Fair Trade™ and biodynamically grown ingredients. Their aim is to create products with the highest quality of ingredients that are processed with thoughtful intention.

The National Organic Program

Scope: Food, Cotton, Flowers, Cosmetics, and Personal care.

Introduction: The USDA Organic Seal, founded by the National Organic Program (NOP) is by far the most well-recognized and established organic certification in the United States. The NOP was created in 1990 after congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) to ensure that agricultural products marketed as Organic would meet consistent and uniform standards. The main focus of the NOP is to regulate and certify agricultural products for food. However, the NOP also covers a wider range of products including textiles and personal care.

Principles: According to the National Organic Standards Board, "The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole." The word “organic”, in this context, is a labeling term used for products that are produced under the authority of the OFPA (Organic Foods Production Act)

Basics: The NOP’s organic standard regulates the production and handling of farm raised crops, wild harvested crops, and livestock management. Organically produced crops are grown without most conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organically raised animals cannot be given hormones or antibiotics, and they must be fed organic feed and be given access to the outdoors. A certified organic product composed of a percentage of organically grown and processed ingredients. All products that are certified by the NOP must comply with a minimum criterion for production, handling, processing, labeling, and certification standards. The NOP has four categories of certification.

100% Organic: A product must contain 100% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt) and may prominently display the USDA organic seal and the percentage.
Organic: A product must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt), the remaining percent must be organically grown if commercially available or consist of a non-agricultural substance that is on the USDA Organic approved ingredient list. The product may prominently display the USDA organic seal.
Made with Organic Ingredients: A product must contain at least 70% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt), and the products may not display the USDA Organic seal but may highlight up to three organic ingredients.
Less than 70% Organic Ingredients: A product that contains organically grown ingredients but does not meet any of the first three standards may not use the term “Organic” unless specifically listing USDA certified organic ingredients on the back panel. The USDA organic seal may not be displayed.

The USDA accredits numerous independent organic certifiers across the country. A product that is USDA certified organic may be certified by any USDA accredited organic certifying program. All USDA certified organic products must display the name and address of the certifying agency in addition to the USDA organic seal. For more information on specific USDA accredited certifying programs see:

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Badger's Organic Background:

Since their humble beginnings in 1996, Badger has focused on making healing products from simple natural ingredients. At Badger, they believe that the most natural ingredients are those grown without pesticides, plant hormones, or chemical fertilizers. Following their beliefs, they have consistently found and used the most high quality organic ingredients available. Their products have always been 100% natural, mostly organic, and totally good, but now they have set out to prove their commitment to organic by certifying almost all of their products with the highest and most trusted standard available, the USDA Organic Certification.

Badger and the USDA Organic Certification:

Badger believes that the USDA organic certification is the gold standard for quality and purity in personal care. The USDA Organic certification was created for simple unprocessed agricultural ingredients; however, personal care products are eligible to be certified by the USDA Organic program if the product meets the same stringent food grade standards. As of August 1st 2008, over 90% of Badger's products became USDA Certified Organic. They believe that by adhering to the USDA organic standard they bring transparency and consistency to their customers. They are strongly in support of the USDA organic standard, but they are not stopping there. They believe that true organic agriculture goes beyond the elimination of synthetic chemicals to a harmonization and sustainability of farmers, producers, consumers, and the land that we all share. Their goal at Badger is to take the organic certification as a first step on a road toward cultivating a higher standard for ingredients form the farm to the factory. They are working towards sourcing ingredients that are grown biodynamically, traded fairly, processed with thoughtful intention and to create products for all those in need of organic healing body care that works.

For more information about the standard visit the National Organic Program's website:
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