When people eat certified organic foods they can rest assured that they aren't ingesting poisons and the bi-products of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and the like, says Debbie Weaver, member of the cooperative responsible for Stoneybrook Farms in Hillsboro.
They can also be confident in the fact that certified organic farmers use sustainable farming methods that don't strip the soil of its nutrients.
"It's better for the farmer too," Weaver
adds, citing the fact that the farmers aren't exposed to poisonous chemicals.
"We record everything we actually do on our farm," Debbie Weaver
says, explaining that they have guidelines to follow, and certifying agents require a soil inspection each year.
"There are really strict guidelines," Weaver