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Organic is a health trend that is here to stay. 

Well actually it's the old way of farming and harvesting, forcing us back to the good old days of eating when food was fresh and grown without the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides and chemicals, just ask your grandparents.

 

Organic foods provide the best quality food to fuel your body.

These foods are free of pesticides, chemicals, and antibiotics and are non-GMO.  The quality of the soil farmers use to farm organic food is well-balanced soil which has been free of chemicals and pesticides for at least three years (based on current Canadian organic farming standards); contains high levels of rich minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals.

 

Organic foods deliver plenty of flavour to your taste buds.

Organic food smells alive, tastes flavourful and looks more vibrant due to its rich nutrient value of minerals from the soil.  Top chefs all over the world are working with local farmers to ensure they get the freshest food for their restaurants and more patrons are demanding high quality food.  This creates a win-win environment for the consumers, local organic farmers, and restaurant owners.

 

Organic foods are good for the environment.

Organic foods have a direct impact on the environment.  Benefits for the environment include:

 

  • Prevents soil erosion

  • Protects the water quality

  • Saves energy

  • Protects farm workers and helps small farmers

  • Supports a true economy

  • Promotes bio-diversity

  • Organic

 

More support for organic farmers means lower prices.

Why does organic food cost more? Here is a breakdown to understand why organic goodness is a bit more out the pocket but provides more value for your health.

 

Organic farming is more labour and management intensive.

Organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and do not benefit from economies of scale that larger growers receive...think bulk purchasing and cheap labour.  Organic farmers do not receive subsidies like conventional farmers and so is reflective in the final costs.  Food grown by conventional farmers do not reflect the cost of governmental cleanups that are paid through our taxes

 

While we recommend buying all organic food, we understand that sometimes this may not be available or does not fit your budget.  See the side bar for a list of foods which you should focus on buying organic, "Dirty Dozen", and a list of foods which are safer to purchase conventionally, "Clean 15". {see right bar} 

 

Its also a good idea to stock up on a few more organic foods including; nuts and seeds, dairy, green beans, carrots, pears, cucumbers, most berries, grains, and eggs.  Organic chicken, meat and fish are also recommended, however you can also find top quality wild meat without harmful chemicals or antibiotics.

Dirty Dozen vs.
Clean 15
 

DIRTY DOZEN (buy organic)

celery

peaches

strawberries

apples

blueberries

nectarines

bell peppers

spinach or any leafy greens

cherries

kale/collard greens

potatoes

grapes

Organic

 

CLEAN 15 (lowest in pesticides)

onion

avocado

sweet corn (buy non-GMO)

pineapple

mango

asparagus

sweet peas

kiwi

cabbage

eggplant

papaya

watermelon/melon

broccoli

grapefruit

sweet potato

organic

 

 

 

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