How Does Organic Farming Help Protect Our Planet?As a devoted New Hampshire hiker, being on a mountaintop is almost spiritual for me. Looking out over a sea of green, rolling mountains without a house in sight always reminds me that nature knows what it’s doing, and I’m fortunate to witness it and experience its beauty. It always amazes me to think that some of the mountains I’m looking at have been around for millions of years – and because the animals and trees that inhabit them work so symbiotically together, they’ve been around for a very long time, too. I always take a moment to revel in what nature has created.

This is exactly how I feel when I step foot on an organic dairy farm.

There’s nothing like walking through a thick, emerald-green pasture in August. Stopping to pause, you see endless acres of tall grass, flowers, and cows grazing on their lunch. When you think about it – what you’re witnessing is something of a natural miracle. The grasses and plants photosynthesize energy from the sun, which turns into energy rich food for cows, which then turns into nutrition for us – when we drink the cows’ organic milk. In the end, cows in the pasture add nutrients to the soils and grasses as they move along – returning healthy minerals and bacteria and replenishing the fields –and helping them to grow thick and tall. It’s a cycle, and a beautiful one to witness.

Organic farming prohibits toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, and GMOs –and instead relies on crop covers, crop rotation, natural pest management, and other ways of growing and producing ingredients in a sustainable fashion.

Why Should You Support Organic Farming?

Supporting organic farming and agriculture is one of the many reasons I love working at Stonyfield, and my passion for it is always brought to life when visiting one of the farms that supplies us with organic milk. Through our yogurt making, we support enough family farms to keep over 200,000 acres of farmland in organic production. This avoids the use of over 200,000 pounds of toxic persistent pesticides and nearly half a million animal drug and hormone treatments annually!

By supporting organic brands and products, you’re supporting a system that helps protect nature.

What are the other ways organic farming beneficially impacts the environment?

Check out these five reasons why organic farming supports a healthy planet:

  1. Organic farming is good for soil organisms and helps protect soil health.
  2. Organic farming helps protect pollinators.
  3. By practicing techniques like hedge rowing, organic farms help protect wildlife biodiversity.
  4. Because organic farming practices don’t allow toxic and persistent chemicals, this style of farming helps protect our water resources.
  5. USDA organic regulations require that cows be on pasture at minimum 120 days per year. Grass is what cows were made to eat, and in turn makes a nutritious product – plus all of that sunshine and fresh air makes the cows pretty happy, too!

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How it’s made mattered to us from the start

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If you’ve been following along with our Boston Marathon series, you know this year we’re thrilled to have the Stonyfield team running in support of Girls on the Run – a national program that inspires girls 3rd-8th grade to be healthy and confident using a running curriculum. We’re so excited to be working with strong women to help future strong women get their feet on the ground early!

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Can you believe these are natural pest repellents?

A few years ago I accidentally grew a garden. No really – it was accidental. One early May morning I intentionally planted some sunflower seeds along an old carriage house next to my driveway. Hoping to help the flowers grow to their best potential, I added in some organic compost from the bin my sister tended to behind our shed. I carefully placed some compost throughout the garden bed. A few weeks later, much to my surprise, not only did I see sunflowers growing I saw a whole array of what seemed to be vegetable seedlings – a few types of tomatoes and some squash. After deciding to give them a chance and see how well they did, I soon had a veggie garden growing – and I was quite quickly addicted to it. Thank you, composted material, for sprouting plants from the seeds that had been left in you over the winter. I now have a mini-garden obsession.

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A Bite of the Future

Close your eyes and picture yourself biting into the most delicious, mouth-watering, creamy frozen yogurt you’ve ever tasted. Now imagine that yogurt being surrounded by an equally tasty fruit-like skin. This froyo bonbon isn’t your typical dessert though, it’s unique. Because the yummy outer layer protects the bite of dessert inside, it can be taken on the go – no mess, no melting, and no spoon or packaging required. A delectable hand-crafted pearl of yogurt with fewer than 30 calories, and all the goodness of the Stonyfield organic products you know and love. Sounds too good to be true, you say?

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This is how Stonyfield is celebrating food

Is that organic? Is that GMO Popcorn you’re serving? Do you have almond milk for my coffee?

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