New Hope Revisits Plastic & Green Super Food History Recognizing Pines as The First
New Hope had this to say about Pines:
More than Just Glass Bottles
No Irrigation on Our Farms - Natural Rainfall
Although New Hope began as a company that supported envirnental stewardship, that message is not a strong one today. They still seem unable to recognize that Pines is also the only whole food wheatgrass, barley grass and alfalfa grower in Kansas that does not use ground water for irrigation.
Instead, we grow in appropriate climates for those crops. Our farms in the Northeast corner of Kansas receive plenty of natural rainfall. Thus, we never need irrigation. Moreover, Pines strongly opposes the abuse of the once-pristine fossil water of the Ogallala aquifer in dry areas in Kansas. That water was always very limited. Farmers grow crops there that need rain. Because the region is dry, they have to irrigate.
The Ogallala took thousands of years to accumulate that water reserve. Dry land farmers wasted this precious resource to grow animal feed for the confined animal meat industry during the past 70 years. That contributed to massive depletion of the aquifer. Many wells are now dry. Further, the use of pesticides for growing animal feed and GMO corn for ethanol has poisoned the aquifer. These farming abuses caused depletion and contamination of what was once pure and plentiful clean water resource .
Pines is 100% Organic and Does Not Practice Dual Farming
The Natural Food Marketplace is awash in major GMO Corporations that have bought out organic brands. New Hope used to recognize the difference between true organic farmers and those who are not. That doesn't seem to be the case today. Pines owns and uses the only dryer in Kansas built for Certified Organic food. We do not practice dual farming. Farmers who use dual farming grow organic crops part of the year and pesticide-based crops the rest of the year.
Major corporations now in the Natural Food Marketplace like Coke, Pepsi and others own mostly GMO brands but also own organic brands. We oppose dual farming and oppose such farmers and major GMO corporations receiving organic certification. We believe dual farming to create an "organic sideline" shows a lack of sincerity. Clearly dual farmers do not care about organic farming. They simply profit from the efforts of those who sincerely do care and who are 100% organic. Our contributions reflect our values. Our Facebook page reflect our desire to educate the public on what is happening with respect to big GMO corporations and chemical companies having far to much influence in the Natural Foods Marketplace.