The demand for organic food has risen as 'Organic' becomes synonymous with 'Quality' in the minds of many consumers. Rising demand means that more certified organic meat, grains, milk and vegetables are produced in Canada every year. Farmers are attracted by the freedom from expensive chemical inputs and by the opportunity to receive a premium for their product.
The MOA works to bring that production to the consumer by building the links between the organic farmer, the organic food processor and the retailer.
What does ‘organic’ mean?
Organic food production is based on ecological principles and includes techniques to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, improve soil structure, preserve water and air quality, enhance biodiversity, ensure humane animal treatment, and avoid artificial chemical products.
Organic farms must be inspected and certified to ensure they produce food without using chemical pesticides, artificial fertilizers or Genetically Engineered organisms and to ensure that they maintain a strict standard of animal care.
Organic processors are inspected to ensure that they separate organic food from non-organic food and don’t use artificial colours, additives or preservatives. Products labelled as "organic" must contain at least 95 per cent organic content.
To ensure that the packaged food you buy complies with the Canadian Organic Standard, look for the Biologique Canada Organic Logo or ask to see the farmer's organic production certificate.