Mission, Texas

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Organic Facts

South Tex Organics has been harvesting organic Texas citrus fruits and vegetables for 25 years. All of our grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and onions are USDA certified organic.

What does Organic mean?
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Simply stated, organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. Soil and natural fertility building are important parts of organic farming.

Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the land where the food is grown to make sure the grower is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.

Companies that handle or process organic food must be certified, too.

What does the USDA Organic Seal mean?
The USDA Organic seal assures consumers of the quality and integrity of organic products. The seal signifies the product has been grown and handled in accordance with national organic standards and USDA strict labeling rules.

South Tex Organics' produce has earned this seal so you can be sure that it was produced using the highest organic production and handling standards in the world.

The USDA Organic seal also tells the consumer that a product is at least 95 percent organic.

Organic-certified operations must have an organic system plan and records that verify compliance with that plan. Operators are inspected annually and must submit their compliance records annually. In addition there are random checks to assure standards are being met.

Is organic food more nutritious than conventional food?
At this time, there is no definitive research that makes this claim. It is extremely difficult to conduct studies that would control the many variables that might affect nutrients, such as seeds, soil type, climate, post-harvest handling and crop variety.

However, some recently published studies have shown organic foods to have higher nutritional value. For example, researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently found that organic tomatoes had higher levels of phytochemicals and vitamin C than conventional tomatoes.

Does organic food taste better?
Taste is definitely an individual matter, but hundreds of gourmet chefs across the nation are choosing organic food to prepare because they believe it has superior taste and quality.

An increasing number of consumers are also of the opinion that organic food tastes better. Because organic food is grown in well-balanced soil, it makes sense that these healthy plants have a great taste.

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