Ogallala-Aquifer-Free Greens Since 1932 from the Original Source
Pines/Cerophyl is a Kansas-based grower that does not irrigate from the Ogallala Aquifer. We’ve been at the same location since 1932. We grow in appropriate regions with adequate rainfall that do not require irrigation. Our greens include wheatgrass, barley grass, oat grass, rye grass, kale and alfalfa. All are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and Kosher.
Pines/Cerophyl is proud of our long association with many quality brands. Until the mid-1990’s, Pines/Cerophyl was the only supplier of cereal grass to the ingredient market.
A Marked Contrast to Farmers Who Drained and Poisoned the Ogallala Aquifer
Although Pines/Cerophyl traces its history to 1932, when we re-established Cerophyl in 1976 as Pines International, more than 100 people started the company. They invested an average of $200 each. They were not expecting big returns. Instead, they believed in our ideals of using profits to expand organic farming and to protect the planet. To represent those ideals, they chose the Pine tree, an international symbol of the peace in nature. Pines is a 100% organic grower. We have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to environmental causes during our more than 90 years. Pines added more than 2,000 acres of our own land to organic and helped other farmers convert 2,000 more. We oppose farming that uses poisons from Monsanto and other chemical companies. In fact, since 2010, we have maintained a Facebook page to expose GMO lies and to promote organic farming.
Because of our ideals, we oppose the contamination and depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in the dry region of Kansas. Farmers have pumped water from that aquifer for nearly 100 years. They use it to grow thirsty crops that should not be grown in a dry region like that.
Worse, no one can recharge the Ogallala. It took tens of thousands of years to accumulate that water. Wasteful farming methods have depleted and poisoned it. In less than 100 years, farmers in that region have nearly pumped the Ogallala dry. They use it to grow pesticide-based alfalfa and other poison-based crops as well as “organic” greens for the natural foods market. Even if the abuse stopped, it would require thousands of years to replenish the water stolen from future generations.
Pines/Cerophyl is Not One Family but Several 100% Organic Families
Pines/Cerophyl is a much different kind of greens producer. Instead of one family engaged in generations of pesticide-based farming, several sincere 100% organic families grow our crops. They also farm in appropriate regions that receive ample rainfall.
Our farmers never use ground water for irrigation. They oppose wasting natural resources for short term profits at the expense of the environment. They focus on 100% organic farming and respect for our planet. Unlike our Kansas competitor, our farmers have never used chemical poisons on any of the land they tend.
The Difference is Like Night and Day
There could not be a bigger difference between the values of Pines/Cerophyl and those who compete with us. For most of their history, our competition has used toxic poisons. Since 1932, Pines/Cerophyl has never used toxic poisons on any of our fields because we have always been involved in producing food for humans, not for the meat industry.. Our competition uses these toxic substances to control weeds and bugs for animal feed alfalfa. About 25 years ago, several of these pesticide-based alfalfa growers for the meat industry became “dual farmers”. They now grow both organic greens for the ingredient market as well as pesticide-based alfalfa for animals. As 100% organic farmers, Pines/Cerophyl oppose such dual farming.
From Pines/Cerophyl’s point of view, when farmers grow both organic and poison-based crops, they are not sincere about organic farming. Given our ideals, we cannot help but view dual farmers as parasites. They profit from the hard work of true organic farmers but have no real commitment.
Besides these dual farming practices, our competition, along with other chemical farmers in the dry region of Kansas, have poisoned and depleted our once-pristine, fresh water resource. Most of the water evaporated through wasteful methods. What little actually reached the plants went mostly to make poison-based animal feed and GMO Corn for ethanol. The poor farming methods in those dry regions during the past 100 years is shameful. It provides an example of greedy, poison-based land use that continues to destroy our planet and its resources. By contrast, since 1932, Pines/Cerophyl has never had to depend on irrigation and has never used toxic herbicides an pesticides.
Modern Dryers for Human Food versus Old Animal-Feed Dryers
On this website you will learn why our greens are better than those from dual farmers using the Ogallala Aquifer. You will learn why old pesticide-based animal food dryers are a poor choice compared to our new organic human food dryers.
We use modern, 100% organic, non-GMO computer-driven, all stainless steel, human food grade dryers brought into operation in 2010 and 2012. We have never and will never use them to produce feed for the confined-animal meat industry or any crops grown with chemical poisons.
At this site, you will also learn more why Pines grows the only vegan-friendly greens. You will learn why our more gentle drying process results in a far better product. To find out more why our greens are better than those grown with disrespect for the planet, please read about us and our process.
We seek partners with end users who share our ideals and goals. With Pines\Cerophyl’s green ingredients, you support a tradition that goes back nearly 100 years of being truly organic. We stand for sustainable practices, including stopping the waste and abuse of the Ogallala Aquifer. You can even advertise that when you use Pines/Cerophyl as your source of supply. You can also take advantage of our many certifications. We can provide authorization for you to use those logos, including the Cerophyl logo. As one of our partners, you will benefit from all that plus the most nutrient-dense and cleanest greens. Best of all, we can make sure our price is better than what you now pay for ingredients of equal quality. Let’s make contact. We want to create a great partnership with you!