Organic: Getting Back To Your Roots
Food Food traceability and transparency is playing a bigger role over consumer decisions in the marketplace.
Canadians are more aware of their health than ever before. Eating organic is increasingly part of our efforts to live healthier lives, while reducing our footprint on the environment. Choosing nutritious, organic whole foods reduces our exposure to unwanted pesticides and other potentially harmful toxins.
“We have been made aware of the extremely harmful effects pesticides, fertilizers and other toxic substances used by industrial agriculture."
Organic agriculture prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), irradiation, growth hormones, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. Eating naturally and sustainably grown organic foods reduces our exposure to toxins that cause significant adverse health effects. It also reduces our exposure to antibiotics and hormones that can cause antibiotic resistance and endocrine imbalances in humans. Opting for locally grown, organic food also reduces the negative impact of industrial agriculture on the environment.
“We have been made aware of the extremely harmful effects pesticides, fertilizers and other toxic substances used by industrial agriculture. As a result, more Canadians are buying organic foods because they know when making this choice they are not only investing in their health, but also supporting sustainable, environmentally friendly practices and animal welfare,” states Helen Sherrard, president of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), an organization representing the natural health and organic products industry.
In organic we trust
When choosing organic products, consumers can be confident that they are purchasing a superior product. Organic food is strictly regulated; foods which cross interprovincial or international borders are regulated under both the Food and Drug Regulations and the Organic Product Regulations, and are subject to enforcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Similarly, organic foods that are made and sold only within their province of origin are subject to federal truthful-labelling laws and may be subject to provincial organic regulations.
“The strict and highly enforced standards have been established to give Canadian consumers’ confidence and assurance that when they see a certified organic label they are purchasing a product with an organic content of 95 percent or more,” says Sherrard.
"When choosing organic products, consumers can be confident that they are purchasing a superior product."
Visiting your local natural health food retailer is a great option for your organic purchases. Often the majority, if not all produce found in these stores is organic, giving you a wide selection and variety of fresh options. In addition, you will find a large assortment of meats, dairy and pre-packaged specialty products that are not always found in larger grocery stores. Finally, friendly and informed staff can help you, answer any questions you may have and ensure you are purchasing products that are best for you.