The Future of Food
proven that organic agriculture can feed the world in an
environmentally sound and responsible approach, while providing a fair
return to farmers and superior nutrition to consumers.
Why "certified organic"?
Certified organic is the only way to assure your food was produced
with integrity. Certified organic means that the seeds used are not
genetically modified, livestock is raised humanely, and that the
food you eat is real food–no artificial additives, colouring,
Farmers must be approved by a third-party body to label their
products certified organic and must:
• follow a regulated set of standards
• pass a yearly inspection by a trained independent inspector
• maintain a detailed audit trail of their operations.
Look for the organic seal
To know that your food is certified organic, look for the certifying
body’s seal on the package. If you are buying directly from the
farmer, ask to see their certificate– producers are proud of their
certification and want to know that you value it too.
Most of our food travels over 2000 km to reach us. Buying local organic
food means optimal freshness and flavour, reduces greenhouse
emissions and supports our local economy. You will also be supporting
our beautiful rural landscape and family farms–so eat the view!
Where do you find local organic products?
It’s easier than you may think to find local organic food. ACORN
has an Organic Resource Directory with all certified organic producers and processors in
Most local organic producers sell directly to their customers and
so Farmers Markets are a great place to shop, meet the farmer,
and learn about your food. For year round access, visit your local
organic and health food stores–these stores make it a priority to
use local products. You can also find some local organic products
in your grocery store.