National Organic Week!

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This week is a celebration of all things organic!

As this word becomes more and more popular, let’s take a look at what it actually means.

“Organic” means that the entire process of food growth (from soil preparation to the manufacturing and packing process) occurs without pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, preservatives, or genetically modified seeds. Where animals are involved (meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products), it means the animals donot take antibiotics or growth hormones.

Why should we choose organic? Just a few reasons:
* Organic farmers work in harmony with nature! (Organic agriculture builds healthy ecosystems, and organic farms have higher biodiversity on them and around them too, promoting sustainability and ecological balance.)
* Organic food cuts back on chemicals! (Many herbicides and insecticides commonly used in agriculture have been found to be carcinogenic, hormone replicators, or negative for children’s development.)
* Organic farmers build healthy soil! (Soil is the foundation of the food chain. Organic farming is focused on using sustainable practices that build healthy soil microbiology and prevent erosion, leaving fertile land that will provide for future generations.)
*Organic producers strive to preserve genetic diversity! (The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing heirloom varieties and rare breeds of livestock for decades.)
*Not to mention – organic food tastes great!

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Generally, a consumer should look for “organic certification” (or the “Canada Organic” logo), which means that a third-party certification agency has given this product a seal of approval. In some cases, however, you might see that a product is “non-certified organic”. This often happens with small-scale farms who do not have the means to go through the certification process or pay the required annual fees. If you are in relationship with this farmer, as we are with the farmers represented at the Mustard Seed, they would be happy to show you the ins and outs of the organic practices at their farms.

This week we’ll be featuring additional sales at The Mustard Seed to shine some extra light on organic items. Stay tuned for our first sale, in about an hour! For more information about National Organic Week, or about why “organic” really makes a different, check out the official website here: organicweek.ca

Happy Organic Week!

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