Local Food Resiliency is an important concept. These pages include information on how to make sure that what you put on your plate does the best job of nourishing your body.
In general, organic food is defined as food that is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides and not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, gmo’s, or chemical food additives. If you are interested in Canada’s regulations click here.
Organic vs Local
Whether it is better to buy organic or local is a complex issue. However, since almost all our growers on Bowen, though not certified organic, grow without the use of chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides, it is clearly a good choice to buy local.
If buying non organic, it is wise to avoid the Dirty Dozen. Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a list of the foods most commonly contaminated with pesticides. In 2013:
- The most contaminated fruits are apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches and imported nectarines.
- The most contaminated vegetables are celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.
- Every sample of imported nectarines tested positive for pesticides, followed by apples; 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
- The average potato had much higher total weight of pesticides than any other food crop.
A single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides. The same was true for a single sweet bell pepper. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes and sweet bell peppers tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece.
Download a wallet card for the Dirty Dozen by clicking here.
Helpful Food Info
- Learn about how to make wholesome baby food on this site.
- All you need to know about PLU Numbers.
- Info on egg labelling in Canada from Dr. David Suzuki’s Queen of Green blog.
- Read about sustainable seafood here. You can also download a wallet card and iphone app for sustainable seafood here.
- Jeffrey Smith, creator of Genetic Roulette, explains, genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) here.