We are proud to be one of most active manufacturers of organic ingredients in the US. We take pride in knowing we are utilizing the healthiest ingredients available and doing our part in a sustainable future. There are some important points that we want to point out so you understand the positives and negatives of eating organically grown foods. Also understanding what is truly organic and what the farmers have to go through to reach this pentacle of purity.
We believe that Certified Organic ingredients are of higher quality and try to use organics whenever possible. The process to produce and achieve organic status by these high quality suppliers helps keep our environment clean and free of disease causing contaminants such as carcinogenic chemicals and pesticides.
Almost all of our herbal formulations contain certified organically grown or carefully wild-crafted herbs to some degree. We also utilize many certified organic fresh-freeze dried herbs and grind many of our organic herbs immediately prior to encapsulation.
More about organics
Creation's Garden® is a member of the Organic Trade Association, a registered member of the Oregon Tilth and sponsor of the Organic Outreach Program. Our cGMP certification and OTC license require that we manufacturer in accordance to the over-the-counter pharmaceutical industry guidelines. This in itself makes us a step ahead of many organic manufacturers, in that very few have our level of licenses and registrations.
We support organic organizations because we believe that by educating people about the health and environmental benefits of certified organic products, the supply of such products will increase and that people need a choice. If we can increase the demand of certified organic products the costs will decrease, supply and quality of certified organic products will increase and, ultimately, the result will enable us to supply the best quality products at the lowest possible price.
We must utilize some non-organic herbs in our formulas to maintain the highest efficiency of the herbal combinations. So you will find organics in our products, some will have 100% certified organic and some will not. It is our goal to use organics whenever possible.
Why Are Organic Foods Better?
In light of the current out-break of diseases and the continued increase in world-wide human diseases; we must all become much more aware of the degradation of the food we consume. The improvement of this process will not come easily and will take time, but we can all do our part in improving the lives of our children and our children's children.
We can all help by using Organic foods and applying the guidelines for which organic products are produced in our own lives, by using natural cleaners, soaps and fertilizers in our yards, for example.
Organic products are produced or processed with products that adhere to strictly monitored guidelines containing no pesticides, fungicides, chemicals or irradiates. Organic foods are becoming more popular because of the need for a safer food chain and cleaner water.
But because of the increased popularity and the pricing structures inherent to organic products, suppliers are misrepresenting their products. If an organic food does not have organic certification, then the product is not officially organic and may be misleading the consumer.
This may seem complicated and it is, but the following answers the most commonly asked questions concerning organic products.
What is organic certification?
Organic produce must be grown in soil that has not been polluted by any pesticides, fungicides, or chemicals for seven consecutive years. To be purely organic, certification must be obtained from one of the federally regulated agencies such as the Oregon Tilth. Certification numbers are carefully administered after extensive guidelines are met by the growers and processors. Manufacturers must have 95% of the ingredients used certified organic to represent that there product is organic on the principle display panel (PDP) of the label and at least 50% of the ingredients must be organic to represent that the ingredients are organic in the ingredient list printed on the label. If you want to be sure a product is organic, ask to see the certification of the manufacturer.
Creation’s Garden® is a certified organic manufacturer and all of our organic materials are certified organic. The certificates are available upon request.
Are pesticides in today's food supply really that dangerous?
There is much debate over this point. However, many scientists argue that pesticides in food may indeed be a primary cause of cancer. Pesticide use increased from 300 million pounds in 1990 to more than 800 million in 1993 according to the EPA. More recent usage numbers have not been released, but the assumption is that we are using more than ever in our history to keep up with the commercial product demand. In 1960, one in four people were expected to get cancer. In 1994 two in five people were expected to get cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. That is a 60 percent increase in the probability of getting cancer over a 34 year period. The reason pesticides are linked to cancer is of the prevalence of pesticides believed to be manufacturer from estrogenic (cancer causing) chemicals.
What are estrogenic chemicals/pesticides?
These pesticides and fertilizers are derived from chlorine and are part of the organochlorine family. They are called "estrogenic" because they block the action of the human hormone estrogen, a compound produced by both males and females that regulates sexual and reproductive function. Research has linked some forms of cancer to organochlorine. Coincidentally, since the 1940's when estrogenic pesticides such as DDT were first used, the incidence of breast and prostate cancer has doubled and testicular cancer has tripled. These chemicals have also been linked to the drop in the human sperm count, now half of what they were 50 years ago. The World Health Organization estimated in 1989 that 1 million pesticide poisonings occur each year worldwide, resulting in 20,000 deaths. Again these figures are old and new figures are expected to only show increasingly dismal results.
If produce is peeled and washed before eating, can pesticide contamination be reduced?
Sorry, you can wash, peel and cook all you want, but non-organic produce will still be tainted with pesticides, according to a recent survey released by the USDA. The reports findings are disturbing. After washing and peeling fruits and vegetables collected in 1992, pesticide residues were detected on about 60% of the 5,750 samples. Many samples contained multiple residues. The report also found that non-organic apples sampled contained 25 different pesticides, 21 of which are carcinogenic, neurotoxic, and/or toxic to the endocrine system.
Interestingly, 90% of the produce sold in the U.S. in January and February is imported from Mexico and Latin America, where the use of pesticides that are banned in the U.S., such as DDT, are commonly used. Lastly, remember that just because a product has "natural" displayed on the label, this does not necessarily mean that the product is good for you or that the ingredients are "natural". To the contrary, you can be sure that if a product is certified organic, at least 95% of the ingredients are organic.
So is there anything negative in regards to Organics?
1) Certified Organic ingredients are typically more expensive.
2) They are not the most beautiful of species in most cases compared to commercially grown or GMO (genetically manufactured organisms) grown counterparts.
3) The choices are not nearly as broad compared to commercial offerings.
4) Most importantly, the bacterial count can be very high. This is due to the fact that natural fertilizers are used, such as animal manure which is commonly used to fertilize. So inherently the bacterial counts will be higher. This is further impacted by the fact that organics are not irradiated or gassed to kill any bacteria as is common in the commercial industry, hence there is no process to kill the bacteria that may be present. Although it can be argued that the bacteria will not harm anyone if consumed, this fact must be presented for a fair and balanced analysis.
Creation's Garden® does not directly or indirectly make any representation concerning the use of these products in the treatment of diseases. This information has not been cleared by the food and drug administration. The following products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, although they may. All of the formulas contained herein are dietary supplements. All individuals should consult a physician before taking these or any dietary supplement, especially those individuals that are pregnant or lactating mothers, or individuals with compromised health conditions of any type or severity.