Organifi is committed to partnering with farmers and farming organizations that are creating a positive impact on our planet. We celebrate positive change and believe through a ripple effect, we can create a larger community of contribution!
This month, we are highlighting some of the amazing farmers we partner with to source the quality ingredients in Organifi's superfood blends.
Mushrooms are a key component in many Organifi superfood blends, like Organifi Gold, so it is important for us to ensure that they are being sourced ethically with sustainable farming practices. We use Reishi and Turkey Tail Mushrooms in blends such as Red Juice and Gold to improve immune aiding properties.
What is Reishi Mushroom?
- It is a “grounding mushroom” and a powerful adaptogen, with balancing properties.
- Known as the “Queen of Mushrooms” and has been used in China and Japan to support wellness for over 2,000 years.
- Said to be the secret to youth and longevity.
- Most studied mushroom for rest and relaxation, and it may help support your body’s sleep cycles.
- Has been shown to boost the immune system and promote recovery and repair.
What is Turkey Tail Mushroom?
- This immune-boosting fungus has been used in China since the 15th century.
- Gets its name from the brown and tan rings that look like the tail feathers of a turkey.
- Has been researched for its powerful immune-supporting properties.
- Contains antiviral properties, rich in antioxidants and supports recovery.
How does Organifi source Reishi & Turkey Tail Mushrooms?
Organifi sources mushrooms from Nammex, an Organic Mushroom Extract Company founded by Jeff Chilton. To preserve the historical initiative of the Chinese mushroom growers, Jeff brought his positive vision of organic cultivation to China in 2012 and helped initiate a “green ethic” that is building strength and fostering hope that future generations of Chinese farmers will depend less on agricultural chemicals and more upon natural methods.
It is the people-to-people vision of sustainable organic cultivation that provides the foundation for the integrity and outlook that Nammex wishes to share with our customers.
Where and how are Organifi’s mushrooms grown?
The mushrooms are grown in Qingyuan county in China, a pristine environment that was named the best ecological environment in China in 2012.
Nammex uses a combination of fresh air and natural light to produce the highest quality, most sustainable mushrooms. Shade houses providing natural light, ambient fresh air and high humidity, all work together to produce mushrooms of the highest quality in the most sustainable manner.
Each batch of mushrooms are tested for pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals before leaving China and once again upon arrival to the United States.
Along with testing for harmful chemicals, the mushrooms are examined for quality level. Nammex tests each mushroom for Beta-Glucans, the most important compound in mushrooms, and the guarantees to customers they are receiving the most nutrients possible!
Social and Ecological Impact of Our Mushrooms
Due to the economic importance of the mushroom industry in Qingyuan county, local residents are very aware of the need to protect and nurture the local environment.
The combination of deciduous trees and conifer trees forms a very favorable forest ecosystem with a rich species diversity for plants and animals.
Maintaining that diversity by coexisting with natural forces, while harvesting only those elements that provide for the mushroom crops in a continuous cycle that is naturally replenished, has been the goal of local resource managers and farmers.
These efforts have paid off and support a vibrant economy based around a sustainable mushroom farming industry.
A Word From The Farm:
Learn more in this interview with Jeff Chilton, the Founder of Nammex: Organic Mushroom Extracts.
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