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WHAT DOES ORGANIC MEAN

Producers of organic foods work in harmony with nature. Organic agriculture is a holistic production system which uses sustainable farming methods, respecting ecological balance. By adding fertility to soil, biodiversity to farms, and sustainability to the operation, organic farmers are farming for your future. Organic producers agree not to use GMOs; synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fungicides; irradiation; chemical fertilizers; sewage sludge or antibiotics.

WHY DOES ORGANIC COST MORE

 

Organic food does not always cost more than conventionally grown products. In fact, many items are equivalent in cost to their conventional counterparts. However, there are several factors that make some organic items more expensive:

 

  • farming organically tends to be more labour intensive

  • organic production requires organic, species appropriate feed be used in raising animals

  • organic production avoids vaccines and veterinary drugs, which can make caring for livestock more cost intensive

  • no synthetic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used- farmers must invest in soil fertility

  • organic food distribution systems are less centralized, which adds costs to the final product when purchased through intricate food chains such as grocery stores

  • farms tend to have higher costs and lower yields as organic operations often place a focus on environmental stewardship and responsibility for the long-term health of the soil, air and water

 

 

 

Information provided by Organic Council of Ontario

http://www.organiccouncil.ca/

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