We often hear that ideas and trends beginning in California spread throughout the world. California can’t take credit for inventing organic, but the seeds for what we know as the organic movement were largely cultivated in California by visionaries who wanted to grow the best quality food in the most environmentally supportive way. Since those early days, organic has spread across the United States—and, yes, throughout the world.

Hands-on

I worked on one of the original iconic organic vegetable farms in California after college. There, I learned how important it is to nourish the soil with organic production practices and to nourish your body with healthy organic food. I’ve been involved in the organic industry ever since.

"Every dollar you’re spending on organic helps to support a hard-working organic farmer, rancher, processor and other business committed to environmentally sound agricultural practice..."

We were trying to change things back then, and are still trying. You too can contribute to a healthier planet and a healthier population by choosing the best for your family. Every time you choose organic, you support a farming and food system that enriches the environment, protects farm workers and lightens your family’s load of chemicals and other harmful substances.

Staff of life

Organic was the keystone of the original farm-to-table movement. The organic system tracks food from its very beginnings in the field or the pasture, right to our kitchen table. The organic seal represents the most tightly regulated production system in agriculture—a system that bans the use of toxic pesticides, GMOs and synthetic hormones, as well as artificial flavors, sweeteners and dyes. The organic seal stands for an agricultural system that nourishes our bodies and respects our planet.

Millions of individuals and families across our nation have discovered the benefits of eating organic food and using organic products in their daily lives.

From California through the heartland of America and up and down the Eastern Seaboard, we are eating more organic food and incorporating organic into all aspects of our lives—from the soap our children wash with to the treats we feed our pets to the clothes we wear. We are buying organic at our supermarket, big box store and even the local shopping warehouse club.

Purchasing power

With every purchase of organic food or an organic product, we are helping to maintain and advance organic practices. Practices that are the best for our world and for our health.

As shoppers, every dollar you’re spending on organic helps to support a hard-working organic farmer, rancher, processor and other business committed to environmentally sound agricultural practices, clean and unadulterated food and organic’s transparent and rigorous system of regulations and quality standards.

Californians still lead the way in organic. There are more organic farms here than in any other state. California grows much of the organic fruits and vegetables consumed by Americans. Four of the 10 fastest growing urban organic markets in the country are in California. Organic sales in LA are the second highest of any city in the nation.