March 14, 2016
By Dave Racicot
At Thatcher’s Organic Spirits, we make a conscientious choice to make our libations in the most natural way. To us, natural also means organic. All of our products – from the grain we use to distill our vodka to the herbs, fruit and vegetable that flavor our liqueurs – meets USDA certified organic standards.
What does organic really mean?
When a product is labeled as ‘USDA certified organic’, it means there are legitimate and exacting standards behind it. Unlike misleading marketing of words and phrases like ‘all-natural’ and ‘no growth hormones!’ on chicken (when it is actually banned by the USDA for poultry), ‘Certified Organic’ has governmental regulations behind its use. And these regulations are fairly involved.
In general, organic produce is defined by the USDA as product that is grown: “without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.”
Some specifics required for produce such as grains, vegetables and fruits, require the following from the USDA for certification:
- No use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
- Not genetically modified (GMOs) seed or strain
- Environmentally friendly practices during growth such as making sure close water sources are unpolluted and crops are rotated to keep the soil healthy with beneficial nutrients needed for plant growth
Why We Are Committed to Being Certified Organic
So why do we go out of the way to source product that meets these fairly rigorous standards? Well, we could get into politics and health issues surrounding the use of pesticides, the lax regulation on GMOs, and the lack of support for farmers and makers who put pride, time and effort into what they do, but there’s a much easier way for us to sum it up.
Simply put, using certified organic product mirrors what we hold valuable and true as a company. We believe consumers should know what’s in their food and drink and deserve sustainable and natural choices, even for their cocktail hour. We support the small farmer, the grower who puts care into everything his hands touch. That pride and personal passion goes into each and everyone of our bottles. ‘Certified Organic’ simply solidifies our vision of what food and drink should be.