Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Organic Certification

When shopping for organic food, it's important to check the labels for 'organic certification' and the ingredients. There are many controversies about the authenticity of USDA Organic foods - based on their standards for testing and Canada Organic apples containing small traces of pesticides - probably during shipping. When you understand the dangers of pesticides in non-organic food, you want to eat organic. Nothing in this world is guaranteed and there is no doubt that there are corporate giants who are packaging unhealthy food with 'USDA Organic' labels. 
However, eating healthy isn't just about organic food, but also about what foods you choose to eat. Although we like to buy local, some of the fruits and vegetables we purchase, such as oranges and avocados, come from the US. We will not choose to buy a USDA organic cereal box from 'Kashi' that contains dead ingredients with traces of genetically modified ingredients, BUT we will buy an organic avocado. If our chances of pesticides are even 50% lower, this is what we want to eat. 
The reality is that until we start growing our own food that we can keep an eye on, we don't know for sure. But we aren't taking any chances with non-organic food or 'organic' labeled products that are not certified. Canada Organic is the equivalent of USDA Organic. You can learn more about their regulations and standards here. To learn more about the controversy behind USDA's Organic products click here
For information on the dangers of USDA organic apples and pears click here
Sign petition for removing anti-biotics from organic apples and pears. 

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