Cedar Grove: Companies Making a Positive Difference
At Planet Matters, we feel it’s important to introduce our readers to companies who are definitely making a difference when it comes to affecting positive change, adopting sustainable means of doing business, and creating a greener lifestyle for the people and businesses who come in contact with them. Today’s highlight is on Cedar Grove, whose website defines the company as such:
“Cedar Grove Composting is part of a family-owned, 400-employee enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. As the Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become the largest single dedicated yard waste composting facility in the United States.” Continue reading
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12 Sustainable Food Words and Terms You Should Know
We’ve all heard terms like organic, grass-fed, and sustainable–but what does these terms really mean? Many have concrete definitions that are used to evaluate and certify various processes and foods, while some are more general ideas about best practices. We’ve compiled a list of the 12 essential terms you should know as a responsible consumer. Continue reading
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The Organic Food Movement
Organic Food: What Makes Food Organic
“Organic” has been a major buzzword throughout the past decade and beyond, with health conscious eaters clamoring for organic produce, organic canned goods, and even organic dog food.
In fact, organic food is the fastest growing sector of the American food marketplace, with organic food sales growing by 17-20% a year for the past few years, far exceeding the growth of conventional food at only 2-3% a year.
But what exactly is “Organic”? For those new to the “Organic” movement, let’s start with the simplest definition. Organic foods are foods that are produced without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The term “Organic” can apply to pretty much any food category from fruits and vegetables to grains like wheat and rice to livestock to dairy products. Continue reading