Granted, “whence” is an old-world term, but it’s perfect … it refers to an origin, source, or location. All of its points are part of this particular posting.
We saw this a while ago: FDA Seizes More Than $32,000 Worth of Bulk Honey From Philadelphia Distribution Center? We’re horrified that contaminated honey got so far; we’re so happy it was discovered before it reached store shelves and our kitchens. But even for reasonable people, this news calls to mind all sorts of questions about food and its sources. It would be easy to panic, but it’s really not necessary.
How do we know what we’re buying?! How do we trust what we’re buying?
Assurances are on every label if you know where to look. It takes a just a bit more time and effort on our part, but it’s more than worth it.
Learn about the sources of the foods you eat by knowing the product and the company that brings it to you, or knowing your local farmer. While a handshake and friendly conversation is often the best way to get to know a farmer, the best way to learn about any packaged product you’re buying is to read labels. A food’s label will tell you many things …
- The ingredients
- The nutritional values
- And if it’s “USDA Organic,” it must also include the country of origin and the certifying agency.
For comparison’s sake, and in light of our present concern about contaminated honey, let’s look at a jar of Wholesome’s Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey:
The USDA Organic logo means that our honey is produced to USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards (no synthetic chemicals used in the production of the honey, in or near the hives, and there are no additives to the honey itself). The USDA rules also require companies to include the country where the products are sourced (our honey comes from Mexico and Brazil) as well as the name of the organic certifier (in our case, Quality Assurance International) on the label as well. For more information about our honey production, please see The HoneyMakers.
Wholesome tracks every single product from the fields to our distribution center, and from there, to your local market. Everything must pass muster or it’s simply thrown out of our system. Whether it’s “USDA Organic” or “Fair Trade Certified,” transparency and honesty are part of Wholesome’ s commitment to you. Remember, if there’s something on a label that stirs questions or concerns, please ask!