WHY ORGANIC & HOW DOES IT MATTER ?
Organic means a commitment to sustainable farming techniques, an important step towards a higher level of environmental stewardship. This is something that we take a great deal of pride in, and we hope you will join us in supporting. Certified Organic means that the ingredients in spirits are devoid of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, not because to wash them out or scour them away with some other chemical, but because they were never applied to the grain in the first place. This commitment to purity extends to every detail of production, right down to the lowly solvents used to clean the stills
SQUARE ONE VODKA
Introducing Square One Organic Vodka, the world’s first certified organic rye vodka. Square One vodka is handcrafted from 100%-certified organically grown rye and produced with an unprecedented organic fermentation process. The resulting spirit is richer and smoother than any vodka on the market. Flavours: Square One Cucumber & Square One Botanical.
VEEV ACAI SPIRIT
VeeV is uniquely different. The 60-proof alcohol isn’t quite a vodka, but isn’t quite a liqueur, either. Rather, it’s a unique spirit made from wildly harvested Brazilian açai (pronounced ah-sah-EE) berries and organic winter wheat grain. Flavours: Organic Cosmopolitan, Organic Lemonade & Organic Margarita.
Founder: Carter Reum & Courtney Reum (Brothers)
PAPAGAYO WHITE RUM
Papagayo Rum has a unique history as the world’s first organic rum. The single-estate rum (meaning the sugarcane used to make it is grown on one plantation) continues to be produced in Paraguay. Flavours: White Organic Rum & Spiced Organic Rum
Founder: Eduardo Felippo
Koval believes that the best spirits must come from the best ingredients. We source all of our grains from organic Midwestern farms, supporting sustainable farming that is good for the environment as well as the local economy. We source our water – an essential ingredient in distillation – from Lake Michigan using a natural charcoal purification method. Flavours: Organic Rye Vodka & Organic Whiskey
Founder: Sonat and Robert Birnecker (Husband n’ Wife)
Vodka 14 is the only product distilled by Altitude Spirits, an independent spirits company in Boulder, Colo. The USDA-certified organic vodka is made from Rocky Mountain spring water and organic grain. The vodka’s continuous distillation process is unique. First, grain mash is heated until it becomes a vapor. Once the vapor rises to the top of a four-cylinder still, it condenses back to liquid and returns to the still’s bottom, where the distillation process begins anew. Green-o-Meter: When imbibing with Vodka 14, you can be confident that your bottle is entirely recyclable, too. The safety seal is made from PETG, an environmentally sound and recyclable plastic, along with recyclable cork. Plus, the bottle’s decorative elements are baked on and not made from plastic. Flavours: Organic Vodka
Founder: Altitude Spirits
360 Vodka was created to be the first eco friendly distilled spirit in the world. We have taken the leadership position in our industry by creating a one-of-a-kind, award-winning vodka and an innovative recycling program that helps to preserve our environment by reducing waste and resource consumption. Green-o-Meter: It boasts a distillation process that uses 200% less energy than the most common methods. Bottles are made from 85% recycled materials and shipped using 100% recycled materials. 360 Vodka also encourages recycling with a pre-paid envelope included with each bottle that can be used to return bottles for a $1 donation to a local environmental organization in the purchaser’s area. The company’s green initiatives on the corporate level, including on-site recycling for employees, use of renewable energy sources, and distribution of green supplies (CFL lightbulbs, recycled paper, organic cleaning products, etc.) to employees for office and home use. Flavours: Buttered Popcorn, Glazed Donut, Red Raspberry, Huckleberry, Double Chocolate, Cola, Grape, Mandarin Orange, Madagascar Vanilla, Georgia Peach, Sorrento Lemon, Bing Cherry
Founder: McCormick Distillery
USDA-certified organic Rain Vodka is made from 100 percent organic white corn farmed in Yale. Rain boasts of a 20-day production process, giving the vodka its smooth, crisp taste. Distilled seven times for unmatched smoothness, Rain Organics is the super-premium vodka that’s perfect for sharing with good friends. Flavours: Organic Vodka, Honey Mango Melon & Cucumber Lime, Red Grape Hibiscus, Lavender Lemonade
UK5 Organic Vodka’s ingredients are derived from a 30-year-old organic farm in Germany. The purer a vodka, the better it is. That is why UK5 Organic Vodka uses only the worlds purest water and the world’s finest organic grain which has a denser cell structure perfect for making premium vodka. Other organic vodkas boast only one filtration to heighten flavor. UK5 Vodka, on the other hand, remains unfiltered due to the quality of its organic ingredients and the pure water used during the distillation process. UK5 is the world’s only entirely unfiltered organic vodka.
Founder: The Organic Spirits Co.
Crop Harvest Earth Vodkas are USDA certified organic, artisanal vodkas produced from grain grown on America’s plains. Crop organic grain is harvested from fertile, healthy soil free of artificial fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals, and Crop Vodkas are distilled so efficiently that no carbon treatment or charcoal filtering is required. Green-o-Meter: Crop’s carbon footprint is smaller because it is distilled so efficiently that no carbon treatment or charcoal filtering is required – thereby saving resources and energy. Crop uses only USDA certified organic grain. Crop Vodka help support a healthier environment by protecting our streams and lakes from run-off of toxic pesticides and chemicals and helping to maintain soil integrity and productivity. Flavours: Crop Organic Artisanal Vodka has a refreshingly crisp, clean, pure taste. Our Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka captures the essence of freshly sliced cucumbers while our Crop Organic Tomato Vodka perfectly conveys the flavor of a vine-ripened tomato. Our Crop Organic Meyer Lemon Vodka strikes a delicate balance between the sweet and tart flavors of this unique fruit.
HIGHLAND HARVEST WHISKEY
Organic alcohol is hard enough to find — and organic whiskey seems next-to-impossible. Highland Harvest is one of the world’s first organic Scotch whiskeys, blended in Scotland with three organic malts and organic grain and matured in oak barrels for four years. Highland Harvest is made from pure, natural, unaltered malted barley and pure Scottish Highland water. It’s a homage to the distilling traditions of old, adorned with both the USDA Organic Seal and the Royal Warrant of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Flavours: Blended Scotch Organic Whiskey
JUNIPER GREEN ORGANIC GIN
Take a sip of Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin and you are tasting history, this is the world’s first, and only, organic gin. The Soil Association, the premier authority responsible for certifying all things organic in the UK, has certified that Juniper Green is 100% organic. It contains absolutely nothing but the world’s finest organic grain, the purest water and a combination of 100% organic botanical herbs sourced from around the world. Organic grain creates fine alcohol naturally because it has a better biological cell structure than grain grown with chemical fertilisers. No chemical fungicides are used to assist in the storage of Organic Grain resulting in natural microorganisms which aid full and deep fermentation. As a result Juniper Green has a smooth clean spirit which is the perfect foundation for the world’s first Organic Gin. Flavours: Organic Juniper Berries, Organic Coriander, Organic Angelica Root, Organic Savory
Founder: The Organic Spirits Co.
PRAIRIE ORGANIC VODKA
Prairie Organic Vodka is certified kosher and organic by the USDA. Prairie requires that the entire process, from the field all the way to the shelf, be free of synthetic chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified seeds and enzymes. Crafted in Benson, Minnesota, Prairie Organic is micro-distilled from organic, yellow corn. The leftover corn cobs are gasified to provide energy for the stills.
Founder: Ed Phillips and Sons
The UN has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects.
The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets.
A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the UN agency’s Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits.
Insects are ‘extremely efficient’ in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. On average, they can convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of feed to produce a kilo of meat.
Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed, the agency said.
Currently, most edible insects are gathered in forests and what insect farming does take place is often family-run and serves niche markets. But the UN says mechanization can ratchet up insect farming production. The fish bait industry, for example, has long farmed insects.
Insect farming is “one of the many ways to address food and feed security,” the food agency said.
“Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly,” the agency said, adding they leave a “low environmental footprint.” They provide high-quality protein and nutrients when compared with meat and fish and are “particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children,” it said.
Insects can also be rich in copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, and are a source of fiber.
The agency noted that its Edible Insect Program is also examining the potential of arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions, although they are not strictly speaking insects.
University biologists have analyzed the nutritional value of edible insects, and some of them, such as certain beetles, ants, crickets and grasshoppers, come close to lean red meat or broiled fish in terms of protein per gram (ounce).
But are they tasty?
The report noted that some caterpillars in southern Africa and weaver ant eggs in Southeast Asia are considered delicacies and command high prices.
And some people who might not entertain the thought of consuming insects might already be eating them. Many insects are ingested inadvertently.
What is Compost ?
Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants. Mature compost is a stable material with a content called humus that is dark brown or black and has a soil-like, earthy smell. It is created by: combining organic wastes (e.g., yard trimmings, food wastes, manures) in proper ratios into piles, rows, or vessels; adding bulking agents (e.g., wood chips) as necessary to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials; and allowing the finished material to fully stabilize and mature through a curing process.
Natural composting, or biological decomposition, began with the first plants on earth and has been going on ever since. As vegetation falls to the ground, it slowly decays, providing minerals and nutrients needed for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Mature compost, however, includes the production of high temperatures to destroy pathogens and weed seeds that natural decomposition does not destroy.
Benefits of Composting:
- Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
- Facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
- Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
- Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
- Avoids Methane and leachate formulation in landfills.
- Capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air. See Innovative Uses of Compost: Bioremediation and Pollution Prevention.
- Provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable. See Analysis of Composting as an Environmental Remediation Technology
- Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
- Serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
- Extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.
Materials to be used for Composting
Food Waste – More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Reducing the amount of food wasted has significant economic, social & environmental benefits.
Yard & Wood Waste – When you throw yard waste away with your trash it is sent to a landfill where it takes up space and produces methane gas, which contributes to global climate change. Burning of yard waste, such as leaves and trimmings, creates air pollution and is a fire hazard. That is why many communities ban or restrict trashing or burning yard waste. Many communities now have drop-off sites or curbside collection programs for yard waste. Or better yet, don’t let your yard trimmings go to “waste” in the first place. so goes for the wood waste doing a home renovation project? Consider donating any unused or recoverable building materials to a charity in your area. You can also purchase recovered wood and recycling wood products. Clearing your land as part of routine maintenance or cleaning up after a storm?
BioSolids – Biosolids are the nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of sewage sludge (the name for the solid, semisolid or liquid untreated residue generated during the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment facility). When treated and processed, sewage sludge becomes biosolids which can be safely recycled and applied as fertilizer to sustainably improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth.