We are fiercely independent: Arran and Ratana built this family company from the fertile, organic ground up. We haven’t “sold out”—and we don’t intend to.
We make organic food because we believe deeply in sustainability: Arran grew up hearing his father say these words often “Always leave the soil better than you found it.” It’s become one of our guiding principles, and it affects every element of our business today.
We are creative and a little quirky: We belly dance at work. We spend break time digging in the corporate garden. We sing in meetings. A lot.
We believe in humanity: We believe if you treat people well, they will treat you well in return. So that’s how we lead our lives and run our business. Our people seem pretty happy with that.
We really, really love food: Seriously. We bake in our spare time. We spend our winters dreaming up all the wonderful recipes we’re going to cook up with our summer gardens. We like to stop by the test kitchen—often. And we can’t stop snacking on cereal and granola bars and toaster pastries around here. You’re welcome to come by and try some.
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Organic. That just means it’s made in nature, right? Well, not exactly. We talk a lot about being organic, but it’s more that just a matter of being "natural" or not. Organic is a way of growing food that has a profound effect on our bodies and our planet. And it’s the way we’ve been growing food for a long, long time.
What is Organic? “Organic” describes a philosophy of working within the laws and systems existing in nature to achieve a healthy, living soil and a sustainable environment. Through the use of compost, manure, cover crops, crop rotations, and other natural methods, natural microbial life in the soil is helped to thrive. This in turn can improve the health and disease resistance of the plants that grow there, without the use of pesticides, chemicals or genetically modified seed.
Organic has benefits Organic agriculture is easier on the planet. When the soil is teeming with microbial life, it becomes the perfect medium in which to grow food. That means, during the lifecycle of an organic crop, no agro-chemicals are released into the air and groundwater. Then there’s the question of personal preferences. Many people simply don’t want pesticide residues in their diet. And lots of folks think organic strawberries taste better (of course they do)!
What is Certified Organic? USA :
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the National Organic Program (NOP) has established a uniform set of production methods for growing and processing organic food. If farmers and manufacturers meet these standards, which include annual on-site inspections by third-party inspectors, their crops or food are certified to be organic. If a food product has between 95% to 100% organic content, it may be called organic and the USDA/NOP Organic seal may be used on the package.
Canada introduced its own organic regulations on June 30, 2009. The standards for organic certification in Canada are similar, though not identical, to those in the United States. Both countries promote the idea of reaching an organic equivalency agreement. This now means that organic in Canada is organic in the US too (and vice versa)—even if the process to getting there was slightly different.
How has Nature’s Path been active in the organic foods movement? In the 40-plus years since Arran Stephens opened his first organic restaurant, he has worked tirelessly to spread the organic love far and wide. From producing the first USDA certified organic cereals, to buying up farmland in order to convert it to organic, to supporting outreach to organic farmers, to installing an organic garden at our corporate headquarters in Richmond BC, Arran has worked to keep organic advocacy at the forefront of our company’s mission. To that end, Nature’s Path created the position of Organic Program Manager in 2003, and hired Dag Falck to oversee organic operations of Nature’s Path, as well as to boost our connection with organic farmers and to help conventional farmers learn about the benefits of organic farming.