The “Canada Organic” logo is your assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures and rules, and in compliance with the Organic Products Regulations. Imported products bearing the Canada Organic logo must also meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime.
Many herbicides and insecticides commonly used in agriculture have been found to be carcinogenic, hormone disruptors, or have a negative impact on children’s development. Choosing certified organic significantly reduces your exposure to chemical residues.
Organic farmers are required to manage the land and life around water systems very carefully, and are inspected annually. By not using synthetic fertilizers and persistent toxic chemicals, organic farming is also easy on our precious water reserves.
Organic agriculture builds healthy ecosystems, and organic farms have higher biodiversity on and around them, which promotes sustainability and ecological balance.
More energy is used to produce synthetic, fossil-fuel-based fertilizers than to cultivate and harvest crops or to transport food. Canadian studies have shown that organic farming practices can use as little as half the energy of other farming methods, and help to sequester carbon back into the soil.
Farmers exposed to pesticides can have a significantly higher risk of contracting cancer compared to non-farmers. Children are relatively more exposed than adults when they ingest pesticide residues in food. Choosing organic reduces the exposure for children and the farmers who grew their food.
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. Organic farming is focused on using sustainable practices that build healthy soil microbiology and prevent erosion, leaving fertile land that will provide for future generations.
The Census of Agriculture has shown that, on average, organic farming families earn more from their farms than the typical Canadian farm does, and employ more people per farm, too. There are over 3,700 organic farms in Canada, contributing more than $3.5 billion to our economy; a value that continues to grow each year.
The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our day. The good news is that many organic farmers have been collecting and preserving seeds and growing heirloom varieties and rare breeds of livestock for decades.
Organic standards forbid the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in seeds, in animal feed, and in the ingredients of processed organic food and products. If you’re concerned about GMOs, the only way to avoid them in your diet is by opting for certified organic products.
This information was provided courtesy of Think Canada Organic in partnership with the Canada Organic Trade Association and with support from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada through Growing Forward 2. For more reasons why to go organic visit thinkcanadaorganic.ca.