Canadians are Celebrating from Coast to Coast
To celebrate the wealth and bounty that our land provides and to give Canadians the opportunity to learn about the importance of organic food, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), along with the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) and the Canadian Organic Growers (COG), present Organic Week, taking place this year across Canada from September 20 to 28. From the sunny orchards of the Okanagan Valley, to the red potato fields of Prince Edward Island; through the seemingly boundless tall grass Prairies; the mild-weathered vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula and the picturesque blueberry fields of Lake St-Jean, Canada is blessed with a rich and diverse land that yields a bountiful harvest at the end of a short but warm growing season. What better time than fall to enjoy and appreciate the bounty of our land? Apples, pears, plums are all ripened to perfection and contain many disease-fighting nutrients. This annual harvest provides us with many locally grown, organic options which are more highly sought after than ever as Canadians are increasingly making the effort to choose organic produce to help protect the environment, their bodies and support local farmers “Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country,” stated Helen Long, president of the CHFA. “The goal of Organic Week is to get as many Canadians as possible involved and learning about the benefits of organic farming and its positive impact on the environment,” added Long. Canadians are increasingly more conscious of the importance of choosing food that is grown organically, without the use of pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics. These farming practices are based on holistic methods that contribute to the improvement of biodiversity, good soil health and ecological balance. When buying organic foods, you are not only investing in your health, but you are also supporting sustainable, environmentally friendly practices and animal welfare. “Canadians want the peace of mind that their food has been grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. In Canada, organic food must meet all food regulations, as well as, additional organic standards and inspections,” added Long. “Having these rules in place makes ‘organic’ a trustworthy brand that allows Canadians to shop with confidence,” added Long. This year, hundreds of celebrations are being organized by communities across the country. Activities include everything from pickling workshops, to farm tours, organic food and drink tastings and much more. There are many excellent opportunities to participate in Organic Week. For more information, and to find out what’s happening in your community visit organicweek.ca and chfa.ca.