Pines grows, harvests, packages and ships Pines Wheat Grass and our other green superfoods about 20 miles from Topeka, Kansas. A scanned copy of an article from Topeka’s main paper from August, 1989 follows below:
Everyone Needs to Eat More Green Veggies
Grown and harvested as we do, Pines Wheat Grass provides the the nutrition of dark-green veggies but in more concentration.. As a result studies that showed that only 10% of American eat enough veggies, the USDA developed MyPlate. It shows that green veggies should be our main food group.
Pines Wheat Grass is an easy way to increase your greens. It costs much less per serving than other vegetables. A rounded teaspoon of powder in a smoothie contains the nutrition of a full serving of a veggies. Seven tablets also is equal to a serving of veggies such as kale or spinach. Because of our growing and bottling standards, no other wheatgrass product is as nutrient dense as Pines. Pines Wheat Grass is a whole food. It is not a juice. Unlike juice Pines Wheat Grass is prebiotic and promotes probiotic bacteria to ensure colon health and full assimilation of nutrients.
Here is the next page from the 1989 article:
Located near Topeka, Pines is Not in a Dry Area of Kansas
We grow our crops in appropriate climates that do not require irrigation. Pines grows its wheatgrass in Kansas in a region that receives ample, natural rainfall. Thus, we do not need irrigation. Unlike the other producer, Pines does not grow in the dry parts of Kansas that require irrigation.
Pines seeks to promote sustainable practices. That’s why we oppose irrigation in dry areas of Kansas using limited ancient fossil water. Starting more than 70 years ago, farmers built and used alfalfa dryers in Kansas to feed confined animals. The alfalfa they dried required massive amounts of a very limited water from an irreplaceable supply. Those dryers produced pesticide-based, animal feed for the industrialized meat industry.
Contaminated and Depleted Fossil Water from the Aquifer
For more than 70 years, one family has grown thousands of acres alfalfa each year. They used a very large portion of a totally limited water supply. The Ogallala Aquifer required tens of thousands of years to accumulate. Dry land farmers used most of it up in less than 100 years. One reason is that growing alfalfa requires massive amounts of water. Further, pivot irrigation causes waste with most of the pumped water evaporating and not used by the plants.
Certainly, 70 years of pesticide-based alfalfa feed caused a major amount of contamination and depletion of this precious resource. Other farmers in that region also used and abused aquifer water to grow GMO corn to make ethanol. Ethanol is a gasoline substitute that costs at least three times more to produce than the selling price. It sells at a fraction of its costs only because of taxpayer subsidies. Worse than waste of tax dollars, farmers have contaminated our fresh ground water resources for a poor quality gasoline!
These kinds of abuses severely depleted and poisoned a once-plentiful and clean fresh water resource. The Ogallala Aquifer took more than ten thousand years of to accumulate. Now in less then 100 years, many wells are dry. Worse, many of the remaining wells test positive for Atrazine and other toxic farm chemicals. Poison and depletion continues.
Pines opposes these abuses. Pines does not use our dryers for the meat industry. We do not use irrigation. We do not package in plastic bottles. That’s why Pines is unique as a truly 100% organic, planet-conscious, gluten-free, vegan-friendly grower of whole food wheatgrass.
Here is the final page from the Topeka Capital Journal Article in 1989:
Pines packages wheatgrass and all other products in earth-friendly amber glass bottles. We use special metal caps so we can remove the oxygen. We are the only brands to do that. They all should do it. This safeguard prevents loss of color and nutrition through oxidation that occurs with plastic bottles. Further, fossil-fuel-based plastic bottles contain toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, it not possible for stores to avoid products packaged in plastic. Even so, stores that care about the planet make try to offer glass options for each kind of product.
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Delicious Living magazine announced Pines won the 2017 Delicious Living Supplement Award. They noted that Pines offers the highest quality, purity, efficacy & innovation of any superfood.