Organic v. Eco-Farmed
Lundberg Family Farms produces both certified organic rice and Eco-Farmed rice, which is a special integrated rice growing system that we developed many years ago as an improvement on many typical conventional rice growing practices. In order to illustrate how organic, Eco-Farmed and conventional rice production differs, we have provided this simplified table comparing the three systems.
Each of these three farming methods must, in some form, address the same issues: soil fertility, planting, irrigation & water management, pest control, harvest, straw incorporation, and storage. Our goal is to better our customers' understanding of Lundberg rice farming methods as compared to conventional methods.
At Lundberg Family Farms®, we don't grow typical conventional rice. All of our certified organic and Eco-Farmed rice is grown with a concern for the
environment. We treat the soil, air, and water as important resources,
respecting the delicate balances of nature. We have created a blend of organic practices and integrated pest management techniques to create our own growing system that we call Eco-Farmed. We think that you will find it above and beyond conventional rice production practices while still providing an important option for price-conscious consumers.
Lundberg Family Farms'® products labeled as "organic" or
"organically grown" are grown, handled, and processed in accordance
with the USDA National Organic Program. California Certified Organic
Farmers (CCOF) inspects our fields, farms, granaries, rice mill,
production facilities, organic system plan, and records; these
inspections are part of the process that allows CCOF and others to
certify our organic products. We believe that our integrity and
commitment to organic farming since 1968 provides a trustworthy
foundation for our organic rice, but we know that customers appreciate
and depend on the assurance and experience that CCOF and other
certifiers provide. As one of the first organic farmers in the state
with just a few hundred acres of organic rice, we now grow or contract
for approximately 10,000 acres of organic rice. Even though we continue
to grow some Eco-Farmed acreage using a reduced input dependent
approach, our organic acreage is now close to 73% of all acreage grown
and continues to grow as demand for organics continues to grow.
Lundberg Family Farms is certified organic by the
international laws carefully define acceptable organic growing, handling, and
processing methods approved for each region. In addition, the laws
require detailed record- keeping, natural pest control, a workforce
educated in acceptable organic practices, labels that conform to
organic requirements, and an ability to track and trace all products
back to organic fields. In summary, Lundberg Family Farms' organic and
organically grown products:
grown, harvested, handled, milled, processed, packaged, warehoused and
distributed utilizing farming and handling practices approved by USDA (all product exported to japan is by
- No prohibited fertilizers, pesticides,
or growth regulators have been applied to organic fields or crops for a
minimum of 36 months. In many fields organic practices have been in
place for over twenty years.
- Only microorganisms,
microbiological products and materials consisting of, or derived or
extracted solely from plant, animal, or mineral bearing rock substances
have been applied during production, storing, processing, harvesting
and packaging; and
- Accurate records are kept of
field location and acreage used for growing organic crops, the
applications made to the soil or applied to the plants or added to the
irrigation water, and such records are retained for at least five years
after the crop is sold and delivered.
addition to the legal requirements of organic production, Lundberg
Family Farms pursues a positive program of ecological stewardship in
all their rice by:
rice straw to the soil after harvest (instead of burning) to enrich the
soil and protect the air and the environment.
- Practicing crop rotation; utilizing nitrogen-fixing crops for soil enrichment.
valuable habitat for a variety of animals. For example, migrating
waterfowl rest in flooded fields during the winter and in return they
help to decompose straw and improve soil fertility.
- Practicing water-conserving irrigation.
- Never growing genetically engineered rice varieties.
- Using only natural pest control systems in our handling and processing facilities.
- Generating and purchasing green power for our handling and processing facilities
are happy to offer these whole, natural foods to you, our valued
customer. Since food is basic to good health, and since good health is
the foundation of a happy and creative society, we treat our food with
the greatest respect and care.