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Lundberg Family Farms produces both certified organic rice and Eco-Farmed rice, which is a special integrated rice growing system that they developed many years ago as an improvement on many typical conventional rice growing practices.
Lundberg Family Farms is certified organic by the following certifiers:
Organic v. Eco-Farmed
Eco-Farmed: At Lundberg Family Farms®, they don’t grow typical conventional rice. All of their certified organic and Eco-Farmed rice is grown with a concern for the environment. They treat the soil, air, and water as important resources, respecting the delicate balances of nature. They have created a blend of organic practices and integrated pest management techniques to create their own growing system that they call Eco-Farmed.
Organic: Lundberg Family Farms’® products labeled as "organic" or "organically grown" are grown, handled, and processed in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program. California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) inspects their fields, farms, granaries, rice mill, production facilities, organic system plan, and records; these inspections are part of the process that allows CCOF and others to certify their organic products. They believe that the integrity and commitment to organic farming since 1968 provides a trustworthy foundation for their organic rice, but they know that customers appreciate and depend on the assurance and experience that CCOF and other certifiers provide. As one of the first organic farmers in the state with just a few hundred acres of organic rice, they now grow or contract for approximately 10,000 acres of organic rice. Even though they continue to grow some Eco-Farmed acreage using a reduced input dependent approach, the organic acreage is now close to 73% of all acreage grown and continues to grow as demand for organics continues to grow.
Lundberg Family Farms is an official Participant of the Non-GMO Project.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization, created by leaders representing all sectors of the organic and natural products industry in the U.S. and Canada, to offer consumers a consistent non-GMO choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies.
The Non-GMO Project started in Berkeley, at The Natural Grocery Co., in 2003 when a group of employees initiated the "People Want to Know Campaign," rallying 161 grocery stores and co-ops throughout the United States in a letter-writing campaign. The goal was to discover the GMO status of products, as to inform consumers.
Prior to this, in 2001, The Big Carrot Natural Food Market in Toronto, Ontario implemented a non-GMO purchasing policy after a year and a half of research. They simply discontinued those product lines that were not confirmed by the manufacturer to be non-GMO. It was a radical and very successful move for the store.
In 2005, The Natural Grocery Company and the Big Carrot Natural Food Market teamed up to form the Non-GMO Project, with a common goal of creating a standardized meaning of non-GMO for the North American food industry.
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