Cardinal Rose

Organic Grocery & Gluten Free Bakery

What Is Organic?

Cardinal Rose is primarily an organic grocery store but we also specialize in gluten free products in addition to offering a completely gluten free lunch menu.

What does 'organic' mean?

There are many sources on the internet that explain what organic means, some will have a different perspective on it than others. In our view, simply stated, organic means produce and other ingredients that are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMO's), or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products that are certified as organic are not fed antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones in any form, nor are they fed any grain or feed that is a GMO or produced using pesticides, fertilizers etc. Organic is cleaner, greener and healthier than conventionally grown food. 

Click here to read the USDA National Organic Program Information.

How do I know if something is organic?
The USDA has identified for three categories of labeling organic products: 

*100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients 

*Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients 

*Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms) 

*Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package. 

Why does organic food cost more?

Organic food doesn’t always cost more. Some items, such as coffee, cereal, bread, and even hamburger meat, may cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. And, as the demand for organic products continues to grow, the cost will continue to come down. When the cost is higher, consider these facts:

*Organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers do. Therefore, the price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing.

*The price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax dollars.

*Organic farming is more labor and management intensive.

*Organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and so do not benefit from the economies of scale that larger growers get.

Our top 10 reasons to go organic!

1. Organic products meet stringent standards - Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs or GMO's.

2. Organic foods taste great! - It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals and can form the basis of a healthy diet. 

3. Organic production reduces health risks - Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

4. Organic farms respect our water resources - The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

5. Organic farmers build healthy soil - Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature - Organic agriculture respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.

7. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research - Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

8. Organic producers strive to preserve diversity - The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy - USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

10. Organic abundance – Organic foods and non-foods alike! - Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

Please support your local family farms and their organic foods. When you buy organic foods that are seasonal, healthy and sustainable - everybody benefits!

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