The long, cold February days have me aching for summer. The lakeshore bike rides, fresh watermelons, and cold beer on a patio will all make it into my repertoire this year. But what I miss most of all is my Saturday morning farmer’s marketRead More
Picture this: you’re standing in an aisle full of baking ingredients at your local Loblaws (or Longos, or No Frills, or Metro, or Sobeys, etc) looking at the selection of cocoa powder. You have the option of buying either organic or non-organic. Maybe you’re inclined to buy organic because you’ve heard the benefits and because you care about the environment. Or maybe you’ve barely been exposed to this and you automatically reach for the Fry’s Premium Cocoa Power (the yellow can with the red top, we all recognize it). But there’s one factor that makes the decision much easier: the Fry’s rings in at $4.99 for 250g, while the organic variety comes to $7.99.Read More
It’s a loaded question that anyone who reflects on their food purchases has asked, with lots of factors that a good answer needs to draw upon. The main answer that came out of Fresh City Farm’s “Local or Organic” panel is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. To find your personal solution, you’ll need some serious recommendations and information from a few people who dedicate their lives to local and organic foodRead More
Honey; there’s no denying its irresistible taste. However, the very chefs that bring us this delicacy may be in jeopardy.Read More
Organic farming seems to be a buzz-word in the green circles these days. It has become a movement with its own sustainable strength and the ability to convey its message to thousands (if not millions) of people around the globe. Although the movement did start gaining momentum in the more developed countries, developing countries are vying to catch up as well. The primary reason for this is that health organizations are finally realizing the incredible toll that pesticides and insecticides are inflicting on the population of their country. From farmers who refuse to eat their own produce that is sprayed with these chemicals to mothers miscarrying because of the large amounts of pesticides in the environment, the truth is dawning upon the conscience of the world’s largest democracy. This was demonstrated when a new Indian show titled ‘’Satyamev Jayate’’ which translates ‘’Truth Alone Triumphs’’ chronicled the rise of pesticide use in India and its effects. After intense research, stories are finally being produced to show how a nation is being poisoned by the same food that is supposed to keep it healthy.
You’ve heard the age-old saying before: "you are what you eat". In its earliest uses of the phrase, the French writer Anthelme Brillat-Savarin meant for it to be taken literally to describe one’s overall state of mind and health. So, intuitively, it comes as a no-brainer to favor eco-smart, health-conscious options next time we leisurely parade along our local produce aisle. This, an argument that organic farmers have strived to make for years, has often been paid little heed, as consumers and fellow farmers alike argue the extent of its benefits and economic feasibility.
Committing to buying only organic products is a fantastic way to increase your health through limiting the amount of chemicals and toxins you ingest. However, buying organic is comparatively expensive, and as students, many of us may find it difficult to afford to be environmentally and health conscious with our food purchases.
My New Year’s resolution was to adopt the most sustainable diet I could. I was already eating local and already on a mostly organic vegetarian diet, but taking one dramatic step forward, I stepped into the realm of veganism.Read More
In the past two decades, the number of organic farms in Canada has more than doubled (source: Canadian Organic Growers). The increasing interest in organic foods has lead to organic food aisles in major grocery stores and even independent stores specializing in organic goods.Read More