(Beyond Pesticides, August 25, 2009) Earthbound Farm, a national brand best known for its bagged organic salads, is having a “Kids’ Quote Contest” for children (17 and under) to come up with the best way to complete the following sentence, “Thank you for choosing organic. It matters to me because…” Beyond Pesticides encourages parents to help get their children’s creative juices flowing and use this as an opportunity to provide education on the benefits of organic food.
If your child’s quote is chosen, he/she will win: 1) A $500 U.S. Savings Bond for your childâ€™s future education; 2) A $500 donation in your childâ€™s name to an environmental group of your child’s choosing (we hope you’ll pick Beyond Pesticides!); and, 3) Winning quotes will appear on the back of Earthbound Farm’s salad labels and website. Earthbound Farm will select a new winner every month through the end of 2009. Submit a quotation.
A five year old winner from Scituate, MA, Schuyler, who chose to designate Beyond Pesticides, wrote, â€ś…just like being 5, we only get to do it once! Take care of our Earth by going organic.â€ť
Organic agriculture embodies an ecological approach to farming that does not rely on or permit toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, sewage sludge, or irradiation. Instead of using these harmful products and practices, organic agriculture utilizes techniques such as cover cropping, crop rotation, and composting to produce healthy soil, prevent pest and disease problems, and grow healthy food and fiber.
Beyond Pesticides supports organic agriculture as effecting good land stewardship and a reduction in hazardous chemical exposures for workers on the farm. The pesticide reform movement, citing pesticide problems associated with chemical agriculture, from groundwater contamination and runoff to drift, views organic as the solution to a serious public health and environmental threat.