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What does “USDA certified organic” mean?

April; I realize this is American certification, but Canada does have a great deal of American foods on the grocery shelves. I get asked about this all the time so I decided to post it.

What certified organic is not: chemical fertilizers and pesticides, GMO seeds, biosolids (sewer sludge), or irradiated.

What is organic? Food grown with tried-and-true, sustainable methods that are as close to nature as possible. Organic farmers use compost, crop rotations and cover crops instead of chemical additives. Certified Organic meat, eggs and dairy are free of antibiotics and growth hormones. They are produced in environments where animals are fed 100% organic feeds and have access to outdoors and pasture.

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New study: Organics are healthier, tastier and better for our environment!

April: I am Pro Organics for many reasons:

1. Organic food is picked closer to ripening than other foods, creating a more nutritious and better tasting product.

2. Organics are grown with the purpose of aligning with those practices of natural standards and tradition. While we are now discovering that, as soon as Big Corporations get involved with Organics, the standards “change” according to profit margins, we are closer to healthier foods than conventional Big Factory Farming creates.

It’s up to independent researchers to enact studies, but when they do, we often get clear and honest information. The following happens to be one that makes me smile: it’s from GRIST, a website that challenges conventional thinking and can create some pretty colorful dialogue. Remember, my comments are in red.

New study weighs in on organic vs. conventional debate

Does growing food organically really matter? Supporters of conventional agriculture say that organic farming is little more than a fad — and that organic produce lightens consumers’ wallets for no tangible benefits. And unfortunately, since agro-ecosystems are so complex, scientists have had a hard time cutting through the haze of claims and counter-claims. (It costs more because when you don’t use chemicals you get higher percentage of waste, and therefore lower yields. Also there is a higher percentage of spoilage in travel).

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