We Sell 98% Organic Food
Modern industrial agriculture systems and intensive chemical farming are major contributors to climate change. In fact, it’s estimated that one-third of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. On the contrary, organic agriculture can be beneficial to our planet and is able to sequester carbon in the soil. Carbon sequestration is achieved through the many practices in organic farming (e.g. cover crops and rotations, minimum tillage, composting, and a decreased need for nitrogen) that return carbon to the soil. Organic farming reduces non-renewable energy use by decreasing agrochemical (pesticide) use, which requires high quantities of fossil fuels. Organic farming has shown to be more resilient in the face of climate-related weather impacts, such as drought and floods by improving soil structure and soil water-holding capacity. Eating organic food may be one of the best things we can all personally do to mitigate climate change.
In addition to carrying as much organic food as we can find, Good Earth’s commitment to keeping our ecological footprint small extends into every facet of our store’s operations.
Materials used in both our stores are green through and through- over half the wood is reclaimed in Fairfax, and 80% is reclaimed in Tam Valley, only low VOC paint is used, and the tiles we used are made from 60 – 70% recycled materials, manufactured less than 150 miles from our stores. We selected refrigeration systems that are designed to achieve the highest energy efficiency, and reduction in environmental impact possible. Our stores use energy efficient LED lighting, as well as 400 square feet of skylights to maximize natural light within the interior of our stores, and reduce our need for artifical light during the day. Both stores have double roof insulation to conserve energy, reverse osmosis water purification, a greywater system, native landscaping, bioswales (landscape elements designed to concentrate or remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water) and solar heated hot water.
In Fairfax, we have achieved our 100% renewable energy goal by installing solar roof panels that power 35% of our daily energy needs with the rest coming from Marin Clean Energy 100% renewable energy Deep Green program, and are well on our way in Tam Valley. By using Deep Green’s 100% wind energy in combination with our solar energy, Good Earth is reducing our annual greenhouse gas emissions at our Fairfax and Tam Valley stores by 100,000 pounds of CO2 per year – that’s equivalent to saving over 50,000 gallons of gasoline per year. Or equal to planting nearly 6,000 tree seedlings annually, and letting them grow for a decade.