Why Organic?

It's the perfect time to start planting herbs and veggies for the summer. If you are still unsure why organic vegetables are better for you and the environment, Sierra Club Canada provides great resources and information on why growing and buying organic food is the right choice.

Sierra Club Canada has active chapters in every region of Canada, with offices in Ottawa, Victoria, Sydney, Corner Brook, Halifax, Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto. Sierra Club Canada has several major national campaigns with four program areas: Health and Environment , Protecting Biodiversity , Atmosphere and Energy, and Transition to a Sustainable Economy .

Why Organic?

Organic food is produced through a system that is based on ecological balance and humane care for the plants, animals and people that make up the farm environment. Soil health is central to organic farming. Healthy soil provides the basis for healthy crops and a balanced, resilient ecosystem. Organic farmers build the soil using composted organic matter and crop rotations. The organic approach to weed, insect, and plant disease control is knowledge-intensive rather than technology-intensive. By exploring the alternatives to expensive agro-toxin inputs such as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, organic farmers bypass the need for these technologies. Organic food production methods conform to national organic standards as regulated through certification agencies. This means that all certified organic food is produced according to specific rules.

Eating organic food is one way you can avoid genetic engineering. All certified organic produce and ingredients are produced free of any genetic engineering.

When you buy local organic food at a fair price to the farmer, you support the livelihood of people who care for the land sustainably with future generations in mind. You pay for the labour of people who replace the work done by pesticides and other corporate technologies on the farm. The government subsidizes conventional methods while organic farmers struggle without this support.

Can I really make a difference? As consumers, we all have a role to play in choosing which system to support and bringing about change through deliberate buying.

• Buy organic where possible.

• Buy locally and, wherever possible, directly from farmers.

• Ask your grocery store manager to carry local organic products.

• Write to food manufacturers and ask them to eliminate genetically engineered ingredients. Ask the manager of your local health food store to do the same.

• Join people in your community who are active in the movement against genetic engineering.

(You can contact Sierra Club Canada
, the Canadian Health Food Association or Canadian Organic Growers to find out about local activities and national campaigns.)

• Write to the Minister of Health, Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture and demand a moratorium on genetic engineering. (Address your postage-free letter House of Commons, Ottawa ON, K1A 0A6.) Ask them to support farmers who want to switch to organic methods.

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