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Want to make choosing healthy choices for your family easier than ever? One easy way to do that is to look out for the Certified Canada Organic Logo! This logo represents quality and healthy organic foods that are good for your health, your community, the animals, and even the Earth!
Organic is built on four main principles: Health, Ecology, Care, and Fairness. Choosing organic food and products helps produce healthy food for all. Here are five reasons to make the change and start choosing organic.
Organics keep GMOs out of our food.
Genetically engineered products (GMOs) are prohibited in organic production because they have dangerous effects. Some consequences of using GMOs in agricultural production include altering the DNA of the soil and plants, wiping out beneficial crops, and causing harm to insects and pollinators. Organic agriculture prevents all of this, reducing the risk of decreased biodiversity!
Organics support a healthier farm lifestyle and a healthier community.
Farmworkers deserve to be protected from chemical spray, as do the animals and surrounding wildlife. There are many health benefits that come with choosing organic, including safer pregnancies and child health, as organic prohibits the use of pesticides, GMOs, and the routine use of antibiotics and growth hormones in animals!
Organic food avoids pesticide exposure.
A European study that received widespread media attention showcased a family who never ate organic food, testing the pesticide residues in their urine at the beginning of the study. The urine samples contained multiple harmful pesticides in each of their bodies. After switching to an organic diet for a two-week period, the families took another urine test and the results showed that all of the pesticide levels lowered drastically or disappeared entirely!
Organic mitigates climate change!
That’s right, you read that correctly! Since organics make soil health a priority, farmers produce cover crops to add more nitrogen into their soils, rotate their crops in order to avoid soil erosion, sequester more carbon, use less energy-intensive inputs and release fewer carbon emissions. Studies have also shown that organic agriculture results in less water pollution! Common organic production methods such as foraging green legumes and using green manure reduces run-off, resulting in cleaner water.
Organic farming supports biodiversity! Having a mix of animals, plants, microorganisms, and pollinators allows for healthy soil and a strong agricultural system that is able to naturally prevent pests. By ensuring there are no synthetic chemicals used, plants, animals, and insects can flourish in organic agriculture and result in a biodiverse system.
Choosing organic helps protect the earth by caring for the soil, water, and air, as well as the growers, consumers, and wildlife that are part of the organic ecosphere. Make the change today—after all, you are what you eat!
If you are interested in learning more about how to support organic, try our 21 Days to Organic monthly themed packs! These packs include a variety of organic products and an educational brochure about the many benefits of organic shipped to your door for only $15 CAD (plus tax).
Find even more reasons to choose organic at canada-organic.ca
The Canada Organic Trade Association envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.