OK, so let’s eat more plants! What about organic vs conventional food? Are LeafSide products organic?

Yes, and organic food is important, and more than a “nice-to-have” marketing feature.  

First of all, it’s more nutritious: meta analyses and reviews in the scientific literature show organic produce generally has  20-40% more phytonutrients, than conventional fruits and vegetables (though vitamins and minerals levels are similar). 

Second, it’s safer: the more organic food is grown and eaten, the less toxins we directly ingest, like glyphosate and Roundup (banned in many other countries, but not the US). Recent studies show up to 25% lower incidence of cancers for frequent organic produce eaters, and rapid reductions in pesticide levels in our bodies after less than a week of eating only organic food.

Third, it’s more just: food is never only about us consumers, but always involves many other participants:

We know that the organic standards of the US and EU are not perfect, and could use many improvements.  But they are nevertheless important steps towards truly sustainable food systems, and thus worth supporting.  We need to put our money where our mouths are!

Currently LeafSide products are about 85 to 95% organic, as certain ingredients are still difficult to find in organic form. We’re in the process of moving to 100% certified organic for all recipe ingredients.  We are especially careful to always source and use organic ingredients for any items on the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list, and never use any conventional supplies of those ingredients in our recipes.  For current details, our product pages show which ingredients are currently organic vs conventional.

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