Bringing Organics to Restaurants
We work hard to source certified organic ingredients across our menus. There are many reasons we do this for you. Many organic items have better flavor and nutritional density. Known carcinogens like glyphosate are banned from organic agriculture. Organic agriculture supports enhanced biodiversity from plants and animals to pollinators. Organic agriculture has also been shown to improve soil health and contains more carbon from the atmosphere. Ultimately, organics keep petroleum-based products out of your food.
"Organic When Possible"
We do more than pay lip service when it comes to organic ingredients. At Scratch Kitchen, we invest in organic agriculture through our supply chain and work to incorporate it into our restaurants each and every day. Our stated organic ingredients are always organic. In fact, we've delivered over 80,000 lbs. (and counting) of organic ingredients since opening our doors.
Studies have shown that organic produce has higher vitamin content, and some haven't, but science has continually shown that organic produce contains more antioxidants than its non-organic counterpart. Antioxidants are believed to reduce the risks of certain forms of heart disease and cancer. When you take this into account along with the health of communities and the environment, organic produce is pretty nutritious indeed.
One of the biggest health benefits of eating organic produce is what isn't in it. Known carcinogenic pesticides like glyphosate are banned from use in certified organic agriculture. Even genetically engineered seeds are banned from organic agriculture (many non-organic seeds are simply engineered to tolerate larger levels of pesticides that are shown to be bad for human health). Petroleum is virtually banned from being an input into the fertilizers and pesticides that are allowed on organic crops.
Soil, Air, and Water Health
Organic agriculture has massive environmental benefits. It puts far fewer chemicals into the earth and builds up soil quality. In fact, organic soil has more beneficial nutrients and biological life than "conventional" monoculture. Soils fed by organic agriculture are also resistant to erosion and desertification. Organic farming releases far fewer greenhouse gases back into the environment largely in part to the lack of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer while conventional farming pollutes excessively, leading to glyphosate in local water supplies, the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and more.
Our Transparency Systems
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. We are still a very young company but committed to doing everything we can to support sustainable food systems. In fact, we've delivered over 80,000 lbs. (and counting) of organic ingredients to our customers already. When we can't find ingredients and products that fit our strict sourcing standards we search until we find producers that do, creating an entirely reinvented supply chain centered around ingredient integrity. We're only at the beginning of what we believe should be the new standard in sourcing and transparency and are committed to better solutions to connect you to each and every ingredient in our kitchens.