What do we mean?
Additionally, organic farming rules encourage a high standard of animal welfare and require farmers to meet the specific behavioural needs of animals.
What are the requirements for a food to be certified Organic in Canada?
What are the requirements for imported organic products?
What does it have to do with the environment?
Intensive farming diminishes soil fertility which leads to further use of synthetic inputs that cause pollution and eventually, loss of arable land.
Pesticide use is effective (in the short-term) at ridding crops of pests, but it also kills the microorganisms in the soil that are incredibly important in providing nutrients to those plants we're trying to grow. As a result of killing off these microbes our soil health is rapidly deteriorating. It is thought that one third of our earth's soil has become depleted already and soil scientists estimate that at the rate we are depleting our farmland, we could have fewer than 60 years of soil left on Earth.
Where can we shop in BC?
THE NEED TO GROW available on the Food Revolution Network - This is our all-time favourite documentary for information on our soil dilemma. A must-watch!
Kiss The Ground available on NETFLIX
The Soil Story available on YouTube and Waterbear - Short on time? Check out this 4 minute long video about carbon sequestering and the vital role of healthy soils in restoring the health of the planet.
The Biggest Little Farm available on NETFLIX
Organic: A Manifesto
Certified Organic Associations of BC