Copra 101: Organic is Non-GMO
It’s not common knowledge, but it turns out that any certified organic product is automatically non-GMO!
Non-GMO verified is a good start, but this certification does not address actual farming practices.
On the other hand, USDA Certified Organic regulations prohibit any genetically modified ingredients and toxic chemicals. As has extensively been documented, farming practices have a large direct impact on the environment, as well as the taste and nutrition of food. Copra works hard to nurture the agricultural powerhouse we call home -- Ratchaburi, Thailand with its dark mineral-rich soil, abundant water and year-round sun.
1. Organic farming maintains healthy soil.
Like in any ecosystem, what goes around comes around. Green coconuts have a thick, hard shell that protects it from the elements and pests, so toxic pesticides aren’t needed to protect the fruit. Our farmers also give back to the soil by planting other crops and plants such as banana trees and lemongrass to create a biodiverse ecosystem.
2. Organic and non-GMO foods taste better.
Genetically modified foods have historically been bred for commercial sales rather than taste -- to survive long transport times or not bruise easily. Coconuts have never been genetically modified because they are perfectly adapted to their environment. Copra is further committed to taste by sourcing exclusively “nam hom” coconuts that are grown in lush plantations. Beach coconuts tend to taste salty!
3. Organic foods are more nutrient-dense.
Healthy soil = more nutrients. GMO, non organic crops are typically grown in monocultures, as a result over-relying on toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers for maximum yield. The soil becomes depleted after years of continuously growing only one crop without being replenished with organic matter, leading to nutrient deficient crops. Coconut trees naturally grow in groves and our farmers intersperse them with other fruit trees and shrubs, as well as letting natural weeds grow, which not only do not bother the palm trees, but also do their part to contribute to thriving soil.
By using organic farming practices to (re)cycle resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity, we aim to do our part to protect our planet and community. Best of all, farmers aren’t exposed to herbicides and pesticides all day! Learn more about us here.