Locally produced organic foods offer numerous benefits for your health and for the health of the animals, the soil, and the planet.
At Organic Valley, we pride ourselves in producing organic foods that satisfy the primary health concerns of consumers: good nutrition and protection from exposure to toxins and diseases. Our organically farmed foods are particularly well-suited to the unique nutritional needs and sensitivities of infants, children, and pregnant women.
Ever tasted a real tree-ripened peach, or a garden-fresh ripe red tomato? If so you'll appreciate that food tastes better when it's grown in its own time. Organically raised animals grow at their own natural pace, without artificial growth hormones. This means less animal stress and better tasting food! Clean water, quality feed, fresh air, healthy pastures, and nutrient-rich soil all contribute to the superior taste of organically grown food.
The connection between flavor and nutrition is clear to us, since a number of organically produced foods have also been shown to have superior nutritional value. Milk from pasture-raised organic cows, for example, has recently been shown to have significantly higher levels of vitamin E, Omega 3 essential fatty acids, beta carotene and other antioxidants  than milk from conventional cows raised in confinement. Locally produced foods also tend to be fresher, and are therefore more likely to contain more living nutrients. That's why we produce and ship organic milk from our regional farms across the country to the closest regional markets.
Organic food and farming can help slow and potentially reverse the rising incidence of overweight, obesity and diabetes through mechanisms that include:
Food safety has been a growing concern of consumers since the late 1940's, when the use of synthetic chemicals in agricultural production was promoted to farmers as a way of enhancing productivity and increasing yield from every acre. Today, much uncertainty remains regarding the safety of currently used pesticides. Studies have implicated many of these substances in numerous serious health disorders, ranging from premature births to behavioral disorders to cancers. The use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and genetically modified organisms to intensify production in modern conventional agriculture practices also presents concerns for human and animal health.
As organic farmers we believe that our plants and animals thrive when we care for them in harmony with nature. And, we have the high crop yields and low vet bills to prove it!
If healthy living depends on knowing your body, then knowing what you eat and where it comes from is of equal importance. For several decades, industrialized production and mass marketing of foods have made it increasingly difficult for consumers to maintain or understand a connection with the source of their foods.
We at Organic Valley encourage you to seek out local food sources and support their healthy production practices at your local farmers market and at the supermarket. With our regional strategy of food production and distribution, we offer you the opportunity to buy food produced from the Organic Valley farms nearest to you.
Knowing what we know about the benefits of organic production, we believe the act of selecting and preparing foods from local and organic farmers is an act of love, a celebration of life, and a positive step toward the bright future we envision for your family and for ours.
1Drinking organic milk has more health benefits than drinking non-organic. Research presented to the Soil Association's annual conference in Newcastle showed that organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, which help beat infections.
New summary of a recent Organic Center report discusses how organic food and farming can prevent against adverse epigenetic developmental changes. The Center’s March, 2009 report “That First Step: Organic Food and a Healthier Future” concluded that, “Organic food and farming can help slow, and potentially reverse the rising incidence of overweight, obesity, and diabetes through six principal mechanisms.”