This is a sponsored post with the Organic Trade Association, but all opinions are entirely my own. For more information on Organic Trade, visit the GROorganic website.
Do you ever wish that it was easier and more affordable to feed your family organic foods? It's hard to ignore the damaging effects of chemical laden foods when eaten day after day. They wreak havoc on the body and the long term effects are very scary.
Though I try very hard to buy local and organic, sometimes I just don't have the extra money. Because let's face it, it is more expensive to purchase organic.
Unfortunately right now in the United States, only 1% of farmland is actually certified organic. This means that the majority of our organic food is not even grown in the United States.
Isn't that crazy?
What is there was a way to create a better future where:
- Organic food was more accessible and affordable
- More US farmers could transition to organic
- Labels were clear and concise (you know what you're getting)
Introducing the GRO Organic Check-Off Program
So what is the GRO Organic Check-Off Program?
This program would raise over $30 million dollars per year for the organic industry. It would fund research & education to find ways to improve organic pest management. The possibilities are endless!
If the GRO Organic Check-Off Program is approved it would:
- Provide education for consumers on the benefits of going organic
- Fund the research needed on the benefits of organic to humans and the environment
- Provide the education and assistance to bring new farmers into the organic industry
- Differentiate organic from confusing labels claiming “all natural” etc.
- Transition more farmland to organic to meet the demand (this is so exciting!!)
Where will the $30,000,000 come from?
Organic certificate holders, producers, handlers, processors and distributors would pay a small fee to participate in the program. It would be a requirement for those making over $250,000 to be assessed. Those making less, can voluntarily join the check off program.
So for a producer who earns $200,000 in net profit would pay 1/10 of 1% of profits or $200. This seems like such a small amount but the culmination would create an estimated $30,000,000 for the check-off program.
Over half of these funds would go to research, technical and information services. No more than 15% to administrative costs.
Need more details and figures, check out this very informative post over at Mamavation.com.
How Can We Make This Happen?
As amazing as this GRO Organic Check-Off Program sounds, it hasn't happened yet. But you can help make it happen by voicing your support of the program.
If you would love to see:
- More organic farms in the United States to help meet the demand
- More affordable organic options and clear labels (no more confusion)
- A safer, less toxic future for your family