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How to Buy Organic

Posted by Shoppers Drug Mart on March 29, 2010

More and more shoppers are buying organic products for their families and is it any wonder? Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, making them better for the environment. But while organics are a hot trend, many consumers remain puzzled by the actual “why’s” and “how’s” behind the “organic” label. Here’s the lowdown on what makes organics organic.

What does organic mean?

Organic agricultural production is based on farming methods that maintain and replenish soil fertility without use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Many chemicals used in conventional agriculture are known to be toxic, so reducing their use is good news—for biodiversity and human health. Organic food products are minimally processed, without the addition of artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.

What is “organic certification”?

Food labeled “organic” must meet strict uniform standards. These are put in place to protect consumers and confirm that you’re getting what you paid for (and believe in!).

Third-party certification bodies (whether public or private organizations) inspect the farm fields, processing facilities and record-books of organic-food growers and producers to ensure strict guidelines are being met, not just for organic growing, but also for standard safety and hygienic food production.

Like conventional food producers, organic producers must meet local, provincial and federal health standards. When buying an organic product, check its packaging for the logo of its organic certification body. If it doesn’t have one, it may not be organic.

Why buy Nativa?

All Nativa organic foods bear third-party certification logos (which vary from product to product). They’ve also passed rigid Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency safety regulations, making them a safe and healthy choice for your family—and the environment.

So the next time you’re in-store, look for Nativa selections, which cover both pantry staples like pasta, sauce and coffee, and snack foods like crackers, or treats like candy. Nativa foods offer convenience, flavour, selection—as well as great prices. They’re a smart and affordable way to work organic food into your busy lifestyle. Who knew eating greener could be so easy?

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