I was recently offered membership to Natural Products Association. I declined.
Natural products are better than the usual junk foods that people eat, but given all of the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides used in the growing process (and the likelihood that such products are GMOs), they still don’t hold a candle to organics.
At MOM’s, we carry natural products, but funny as this sounds, we try not to! After all of these years, the organic industry is still catching up to demand. For example, our snack aisle consists mostly of natural non-organic products. I recently inquired about this with our grocery department and was told that the ingredients are in short supply and generally not available. Organic potato chips, for example, are generally non-existent in our industry due to a perpetual shortage of organic potatoes.
Basically, if it’s organic we will carry it. Organic products receive top priority at MOM’s.
While my general belief is that anything that isn’t grown organically is substantially hurting our environment (and health), I try not to be overly zealous about organics. I doubt that people go from drinking Coke and eating Twinkies, Pringles, and Lucky Charms to eating organics, as it is a process (not an event) to become an organic consumer- and natural products serve a purpose as they can act as a stepping stone from conventional foods to organic foods. The way I see it, natural products are a kind of necessary evil- progress, not perfection!