Organic Wool Adult Comforters, Organic Wool Mattress Pads, Organic Wool Pillows, and Organic Wool Crib Comforters are amazing! We receive fantastic feedback on them for super comfortable sleeping, warmth, and obviously how healthy they are for your whole family. By the way, anytime we use the word "Organic" on our web site, it always means "Certified Organic." That's morally ethical as well as the law, and we follow it for your confidence and trust.
Now to the quiz. In order for wool
to be certified as "Organic," it must be produced in accordance with
federal standards for organic livestock production. Can you name any of
the 4 main requirements necessary for wool to be considered Organic?
Federal requirements for organic livestock production include:
1) Livestock feed
and forage must be certified Organic,
2) Use of synthetic hormones and
genetic engineering is prohibited,
3) Use of synthetic pesticides
(internal, external, and on pastures) is prohibited and
must encourage livestock health through good cultural and management
Organic livestock management is different from non-organic management
in at least two major ways:
1) Sheep cannot be dipped in parasiticides
(insecticides) to control external parasites such as ticks and lice. This means that the wool isn't loaded with toxic chemicals as may be the situation with non-organic wool. Natural means, including a healthy resistance by the sheep, are used for control measures.
2) Organic livestock producers are required to ensure that they do not
exceed the natural carrying capacity of the land on which their animals
Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers
use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.
Why does organic wool cost more than conventional wool?
The cost of organic wool is more than that of conventional for several reasons:
1) Organic wool producers receive a higher price at the farm gate as
their costs of production are higher, primarily associated with higher
labor, management, and certification costs;
2) The organic wool
industry is very small relative to the overall wool industry and does
not have the economies of scale and resulting efficiencies of its
conventional counterpart, and
3) Federal organic standards for
livestock production prohibit overgrazing. If the price of wool is low,
the difference cannot be made up by simply increasing production per
unit of land, as is commonly practiced by many non-organic livestock producers.
Source: Organic Trade Association