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What’s Sprouting in the Garden This Week?
It’s been one of the hottest, driest springs on record, which has been great for planting and growing, but dismal for keeping those seeds moist enough for germination. Yet, germinate they have. Our pea and spring onions, planted the week of the April 12th, have finally made an appearance. We’ve been out every day planting head lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi, carrots, radishes, beets & swiss chard, and there is much more to come! Tune in each week to find out what’s gone in and what’s popped up!
Demystifying Food Labels
By Mallory Hilkewich
Oh dear organics.
You’ve heard the hype, but what to trust? Certified organic food is free of herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, bioengineering, and any of those long-winded words found on most packaged foods that are the infamous artificial ingredients. There is a difference between what is certified organic and other growers who grow with organic methods, free of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and the like. The Organic Products Regulations body of Canada does not allow the use of most pesticides, though there is a list of those permitted, such as some botanical pesticides. Canadian growers follow Canadian Organic Standards, which came into effect July 2009, as legal organic growing requirements and can voluntarily use the Canada Organic Logo (pictured here). Products must be certified organic according to the national standard by an accredited certifying body.
This means the process to become certified organic is not only lengthy but costs the producers money. The Canada Organic Regime regulates organic agricultural products in labeling practices, understanding and definitions, and development in the domestic market. There are many organic labels aside from Canadian Organics, such as USDA Organic, Eco Cert, Certified Organic, and Demeter, amongst many others. Your farmers market is still probably full of many organic growers who either are to small to afford becoming certified or are in the process as you eat. To ensure crops are not genetically modified farmers have to take precautions; such as late planting. But beware! Canola pollen can be carried so far that few spaces in Canada can safely grow organic canola.