If you prefer a real tree to one of the countless alternative options, do you buy Certified Organic or Certified Naturally Grown trees? Do you know the difference? The New York Times breaks it down and helps explain where your natural tree might be coming from...
Basically, the difference between a Certified Organic tree and a tree that is Certified Naturally Grown is in the size of the growing organization. Both follow the same basic requirements — trees are raised without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and the farmers and growers use sustainable methods like composting and erosion control. Certified Organic farms pay a licensing fee to the Agriculture Department's organic certification program while the national Certified Naturally Grown organization is mostly made up of small farmers and growers getting around the fee and "complicated record-keeping."
The article includes interviews with local growers and talks about the industry at a national level. Check it out:
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