Let's Talk Organic
You’ll be happy to know that the organic food sector in Canada is steadily growing from year to year and with all the research and education about healthy eating and farming, we are coming to terms with spending the extra dough on chemical-free products. Remember however, organic food is not expensive; mass produced, chemical-laden food has just become very cheap. In 1950, we spent around 30% of our budget on food whereas 50+ years later we spend approximately 13%. If you are on a budget, refer to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen when choosing organic. These are the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least effected by toxic-chemical pesticides according the EWG (Environmental Working Group). These lists will help you to make the wisest choices for your health, planet and budget!
The Dirty Dozen
These are considered the most chemically contaminated foods, when making the choice to go organic, start with these products first.
In order of contamination:
3. Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15
These are considered the least chemically contaminated foods, when making the choice to go organic, you don't need to worry as much about these items. In order of least contaminated:
2. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet peas
12. Sweet potatoes
Currently, there are over 5000 certified organic farms across the nation and more than 20million Canadians are buying organic weekly. As more people make the choice to buy organic we will only be able to lower the cost of it! Keeping this thought in mind we need to do all we can to help farmers make the transition to organic farming.
Purchasing from‘Transitional’ produce when possible means purchasing from farms that are transitioning to becoming ‘certified organic’. Before you can become certified you must organically farm and manage your land for one to three years. This ‘transition’ period can make or break an organic farm-to-be. The produce is essentially organic but must be labeled ‘Transitional’ until receiving the stamp of approval from the CFIA. Support these farmers and spread the word, they need all the help they can get!
Organic food tastes better, is higher in nutritional value, is healthier for our bodies and is more sustainable for our planet. Want 100% Certified Organic Cold Pressed Juice and food? Check it out here. www.jusubar.com
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Yours in humble gratitude,
Holistic Nutritionist and forever student of everything health.