Walking down a grocery aisle, you see “organic” and “all-natural” stickers on everything from food to soap, but do you know the meaning behind the labels?
One major difference distinguishes organic from all natural. Simply put, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must certify anything labeled “organic”. Its stamp of approval means that the ingredients included in the product did not encounter pesticides in any part of the growth and manufacturing process.
Often when plants are grown without chemicals, they are smaller and not as flashy as the huge, perfect-looking produce we’re used to seeing. While the produce may be less aesthetically attractive, it’s better quality and chemical free.
While being certified as USDA organic is important, the certification is expensive, especially for the local family farms Barons purchases food from. Often these small, local farms grow pesticide-free products but cannot afford the official certification. They are organic without the sticker.
On the other hand, “all-natural” doesn’t have a formal definition. You could technically put an all-natural label on anything, but Barons holds products to a high standard.
To us, all-natural means no preservatives, artificial colors, sugars or monosodium glutamate (MSG). We always check the ingredients in the products we choose because even if a product is labeled all-natural, it may not fit our definition.
Ninety-six percent of the products on Barons’ shelves are organic or all-natural, but we’re not stopping there. We have committed to bringing our customers the best products available and plan to reach our goal of 100 percent in the coming years. When we say “good food,” we don’t simply mean good-tasting food; we mean food that is good for your health and good for your body. Being tasty is just an added bonus.