Organic agriculture is based on the principles of health, ecology, fairness and care. Certified organic food is produced in a way that supports the well-being of the environment, animals and people.
The following websites offer some great resources for consumers to learn more about what certified organic means and some of the reasons to choose organic food and products.
This great national resource contains information about what certified organic means, reasons why to choose organic, statistics, organic product directory, how to take action and more! Visit their website.
This resource from the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network addresses the main reasons why choosing organic supports sustainability, your health, animal health and wellbeing, and more. Visit their website.
This site offers both consumer and producer resources to increase the understanding of organic practices and products. Their FAQ for consumers page offers some commonly asked questions and answers about what organic means. Visit their website.
The Organic Center is a trusted resource for scientific reporting on agriculture and food. They serve up our unbiased scientific findings in distilled bites so you can make more informed decisions, and protect wild places and biodiversity through environmentally friendly farming. Visit their website.
Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products.
In the past, events included anything from pickling workshops to farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings in retail locations across the country, webinar series, organic IQ tests, recipe challenges, and other contests. If you want to get involved in organic week this year check out https://organicweek.ca/ for a list of activities, or you can plan an event in your own community and enter it in their calendar!
For the Kids
“Our Nature is Organic”-Activities, Colouring, and Recipe Book is a great educational resource for kids. From learning about heritage chickens and eggs, pollinators, organic gardening, soil components and more, to learning how to bake muffins and other recipes using organic ingredients, this book of activities published by Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is sure to keep the kids engaged (and off their screens) as well as teach them important information about organic agriculture. You can download and print a copy of the book here.