First, let's clear up a common misconception. Organic is an adjective that refers not only to a product and its growing environment, but to all aspects of its handling and preparation.
In order to be certified organic, a product must have been carefully handled in accordance with organic regulations and standards at all times. There are stringent and ongoing inspections on all aspects of the product throughout its lifetime - from soil to store. Any deviation from this code will cost the product or grower their organic certification. That's why you can rest assured that products that are certified organic are just what they claim to be... and they've had to prove it, too.
By selecting organic products you are casting a vote for environmentally friendly farming and processing. Organic farmers use crop rotation to minimize insects and crop disease, thus eliminating the need to use synthetic pesticides. Laboratory analysis of soil nutrients and soil residues, as well as plant tissue and water quality tests are required to gain and maintain organic certification. This means organic farmers must avoid chemical fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and growth stimulators for a minimum of three years before they can gain organic certification. Ongoing inspections are also a key component in keeping organic certification.
In the end what we get is cleaner products, cleaner soil, cleaner water and cleaner air. Organics are better for you and better for the planet.
This all makes it that much easier to enjoy Guiltless Gourmet®.