Written by Julia Bustos.
Organic Week was founded on the basic ideal of organic agriculture: doing overall good for health and the environment. In this day and age, with sustainability and traceability playing bigger parts in our food discourse, Organic Week’s goal has been to inform a wider audience on the benefits of organic production.
Although we’ve only celebrated Organic Week here in Canada for the past four years, we are lucky to have sponsors who have been dedicated to promoting organic for many years. Since the first Organic Week launch, we’ve been able to count on sponsors who make sustainability the very foundation of their products and their messaging. One of them is the fine team at Nature’s Path Foods.
As far back as the 1930’s, the Stephens farming family has focused on doing things in an ecological way. The now-famous saying of founding father Rupert Stephens, “Always leave the Earth better than you found it”, sums up the Nature’s Path philosophy.
Founded by Arran and Ratana Stephens in 1985, Nature’s Path has been a headliner in the organic world. Starting with their organic cereal processing plant, the first in North America, Nature’s Path’s vision and philanthropy continue to grow.
Nature’s Path has been voted one of Canada’s best 50 employers, as well as one of Canada’s greenest employers. The company has 2,240 acres of Saskatchewan organic farmland that it crop shares with family famers, and their facilities also serve as an outlet processor for many independent organic family farms that represent 100,000 organic acres.
Nature’s Path is also actively involved in the Non-GMO Project, with Arran being an early supporter and board member. They’ve sponsored the Right to Know March in 2011, actively supported Prop 37, and donated heavily to the California ‘Right to Know’ campaign for mandatory GMO labelling.
As no good deed goes unnoticed, Nature’s Path received the Organic Leadership Award from the Organic Trade Association this week. They were chosen over 26 other nominees.
The Organic Week team sincerely thanks the Nature’s Path family for their dedication and tireless efforts to making the world a better place, as well as making delicious products of course! 🙂
To learn more about the Nature’s Path family, please visit their website.