The use of genetically engineered organisms is prohibited under organic food standards. Organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or irradiation. GE livestock feed is also prohibited. The best way to avoid GE foods is to purchase 100 per cent Certified Organic products, whole foods, and fresh produce.
Recent polls across the world have shown that, if they had a choice, 90% of people would actively seek to avoid GMOs in their food.
What is Genetically Modified Food?
Genetically engineered or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created by taking genes from organisms such as bacteria, viruses or animals and inserting them into other, often unrelated, species. Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new organisms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks. The term “genetically engineered (GE) food” refers to any product containing or derived from GMOs. In Canada, up to 70 per cent of the processed foods found in grocery stores contain GE ingredients. The most common GE ingredients come from crops like corn, soy, canola and cotton. Biotechnology companies like Monsanto genetically engineer these crops to produce a pesticide or to withstand the application of herbicides.
The Health and Environmental Risks of GMOs
The planting of GE crops on millions of hectares of land and their introduction into our food supply is a giant genetic experiment. As living, reproducing organisms, GMOs form a type of living pollution that can spread across vast areas creating environmental risks that are unprecedented and possibly irreversible. Health risks...
Your guide to eating green
As a customer, your food-buying dollars become your power. Where and how you choose to spend those dollars becomes your vote for or against food production methods.
Buying organic products supports farmers who do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers and adhere to federal standards to protect the environment. Organic products provide premium prices to producers for their extra management time and risk. Look for “Certified Organic” labels when shopping.
What to look for:
- Ethically raised meats: Avoid products from factory farms
- Free range, free run and organic eggs: Avoid eggs from battery cage hens
- Certified Organic dairy products: Avoid antibiotics and hormones such as rBGH
- Organic and local produce: Avoid chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides
Nature’s Fare Markets understands the importance of social and environmental responsibility in our communities. We are proud to carry only 100% Certified Organic produce, ethically raised meats, free range eggs, as well as a wide variety of fair trade and local products. Our bistros serve organic and natural foods made in our own kitchen and offer only 100% biodegradable takeout containers, cups, and cutlery made from renewable resources.
Live Well. Live Organic.
Pesticides and Produce
Nature’s Fare is Committed to Purchasing and Selling only 100% Certified Organic Produce!
The growing consensus among scientists is that even small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and childhood. Pesticides affect neurological development, reproduction, growth, and the functioning of the immune and endocrine systems. A US National Cancer Institute Survey found that children with leukemia are six times more likely to come from homes where pesticides were used, and the Canadian Cancer Society has stated that the toxins in pesticides can be carcinogenic. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of them whenever possible.
Research done by the Environmental Working Group found that people who consume the “Dirty Dozen” (the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables) consume an average of ten different pesticides each day. There is a common misconception that washing or peeling will eliminate pesticides from fruits and vegetables, but nearly all of the studies conducted by the Environmental Working Group took these factors into consideration. While there is some reduction in pesticides through rinsing and peeling, there is also a significant loss of nutrients and fibre when the peel is eliminated. The best approach is to eat a varied diet, rinse all produce, and buy organic whenever possible.
The “Dirty Dozen” – To reduce the pesticide load in your body, ensure you always choose to buy these organic
- Bell Pepper
- Grapes (Imported)
Genetically Modified Foods? Pesticides? Chemicals? Food Additives? Artificial Flavourings? Organic? Natural? Local? Free-Range? Grass-Fed? Natural Source? Converting to an Organic lifestyle can seem overwhelming. Our “Beginnner’s Guide to Going Organic” explains the basics and outlines some easy changes you can make that will benefit you, your family, and our Earth.
Step 1: Understanding Why Organic is Better for You and the Earth
Better For You!
-By definition, Certified Organic foods do not contain any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or Genetically-Modified Organisms. Organic livestock are raised without the use of unnecessary hormones or antibiotics, and are given ample room to roam outdoors. Organic foods contain significantly higher levels of nutrients than their non-organic counterparts, and never contain artificial sweeteners, flavours, or colours.
Our bodies are not designed to process the immense amounts of toxins present in our society. It’s alarming to think that at any one time each and every one of us is hosting an average of 100 different chemicals, carcinogens, pesticides, fungicides, and prescription drugs (that we aren’t even taking!). Our bodies don’t know what to do with these toxins, and as such we go into overdrive trying to eliminate them. This puts excess strain on our livers and kidneys, and whatever we can’t get rid of through these organs gets stored in our fat cells, contributing to all kinds of disease and cancers. Eating an organic diet helps to ease the toxic burden on our bodies while providing us with higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Better for the Earth!
Organic farming relies...