Organic & Non-GMO

What’s all of the fuss about?

Choosing organic is a matter of personal choice, and we’re here to help you to make an educated decision.

ba-organicWhat does organic mean?

A product is considered organic if it is grown without the use of man-made pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones.

Does organic mean more nutritious?

There is not enough evidence-based information and too many varying factors (soil quality, weather temperature, exposure to light and water, quality of the seeds) to conclude whether organic is healthier than non-organic.

What about being ECO-friendly?

Cultivation methods used in organic farming are more natural and usually consider the preservation of the soil and environment. Locally grown produce (organic or non-organic) require less transportation, minimizing the carbon footprint and supports the local economy.

Is the quality of produce different?

People comment that organic produce has more flavour.  However, organic produce often spoils quicker because there is no use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or preservatives that extend shelf life.

Why is organic food more expensive?

The cultivation process is more laborious and products often have a shorter shelf-life, leading to higher prices in many organic foods.

Are some organic choices better than others?

Canada doesn’t have a specific list of foods demonstrating the varying pesticide levels but all foods are tested to ensure safe pesticide and antibiotic levels. The USA Environmental Working Group state the following produce as having highest levels of pesticides:

–       Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Peaches , Spinach, Nectarines, Imported grapes, Sweet bell peppers, Potatoes, Blueberries

Source: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list/

What is Non-GMO?

Non-GMO means non-genetically modified. GMOs (genetically modified organisms), are novel organisms created in a laboratory using genetic modification/engineering techniques. Scientists, consumer and environmental groups have cited many health and environmental risks with foods containing GMOs.
Buying certified organic produce also mean choosing non-GMO produce.

The Bottom Line

Choosing organic is a matter of personal choice. Most importantly, wash your produce well and incorporate a variety of healthy choices.

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