Top 3 reasons to go organic
(NC) More and more of us are opting to buy organic. In fact, 66 per cent of Canadians are already going this route. By choosing organic, you are helping yourself, your community and the environment. Here’s why:
- Multiple studies have found lower levels of nitrates and pesticide residues in organic produce than in non-organic varieties. Several studies have also indicated greater levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus in organic produce. In some cases, foods grown organically also contain higher levels of heart-healthy phytochemicals.
- There are more than 5,000 organic farms in Canada, covering almost 2.5 million acres of land. Each of them produces fresh home-grown food that’s nutritious, tastes great and is good for our environment and communities. Sourcing locally and eating seasonally supports local farmers, taking us one step further toward knowing where our food comes from and using less of the earth’s resources to acquire it.
- Organic foods must be certified, so look for the Canada Organic logo to be sure the foods you’re buying contain at least 95 per cent organic ingredients. The logo is your assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures and rules and are in compliance with Canada’s Organic Products Regulations.
Head to your local Canadian Health Food Association member health food store to find a wide selection of organic foods. Find your nearest location at chfa.ca.
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