Earth Day is April 22, and we’re pumped. As proud Earthlings, we love this spinning rock floating through space for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the food. We’re talking about all of the awesome organic stuff like broccoli, strawberries, bananas, cauliflower—the list goes on.

But what exactly does it mean to be organic? Maybe you’ve seen all the signs and labels at the grocery store and always wondered what made them so special compared to other options. Or maybe you’re looking to do something good for yourself AND the planet. Either way, there’s never been a better time to go organic.

What does it mean to be USDA certified organic?
USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines that monitor everything from soil quality to pest control and any use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and biological-based farming methods. That means fewer pesticides and chemicals being sprayed on your food.

Produce in particular is certified organic if it’s grown in soil with no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or other substances prohibited by the USDA.

In short, it means that your food was grown or raised as naturally as possible. Just like nature intended.

Is organic more nutritious?
There’s growing research (pun intended) that says YES. Studies show that organically grown crops have higher concentrations of antioxidants, micronutrients, and other beneficial compounds like Flavonol, which is shown to reduce inflammation.

For instance, we use USDA certified organic foods to make our Organic Superfood powder. It has 50 organic superfood ingredients that were grown under the standards above. That means the already nutritious foods inside are even MORE nutritious and full of antioxidants and more good stuff.

Is organic better for the environment?
Yup! Following the USDA guidelines results in more fertile soil, using less energy, having higher crop yields, and being more profitable for farmers overall. More importantly, there are fewer additives and pesticides that we sink into the soil, taint water supplies, and harm local wildlife.

Organic is a win-win.
Better for you and better for the environment. Whether you’re on a plant-based diet or not, going organic removes a lot of unnatural chemicals from the process and proves to be way more sustainable.

Interested in more?
Look for the USDA Organic badges on products across the Orgain website. Here’s a few of our favorites.