So, why aren't more farms certified organic and why are organic products typically more expensive?
The simple reason is that a farm cannot become organic overnight. Back in the early days of the organic movement, organics were a matter of trust between farmers and consumers. Today there are federal regulations that must be met before products can be sold as organic. For dairy products, in addition to not receiving hormones or antibiotics, the cows must be fed certified organic feed and have access to pasture, fresh air and sun. For produce and grains, as with all organic products, it is the process that produces the end result. With that in mind, a farmer must use organic methods, generally for three years, before being certified and able to sell something as organic. As more consumers buy organic products for their benefits, more farms will transition, making it easier to find organic products on the store shelves.
TOP strives to provide our guests with many natural and organic choices while shopping.
We carry hundreds of natural and organic products in all of our stores.
For example, we understand how hard it is being lactose intolerant and we carry a vast variety of lactose free products that you can enjoy and use in your recipes.
*Not all items available in all stores. Call your local store to check availability. We are constantly adding more natural and organic products for you healthy eaters out there!
Enjoy this healthy lactose free recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Garlic, and Shallots
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