What is the difference between organic and conventional foods?
Organic foods are grown and harvested without the use of synthetic (man-made) pesticides and fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic foods are also less ‘processed’. This means they have fewer preservatives like sulfate and nitrates. Instead, organic foods are grown with natural or non-synthetic pesticides.
In Canada, you can find some grains, vegetables, tree fruit, grapes and berries, beef, pork, poultry, milk and maple syrup that are produced organically.
Conventional (non-organic) farming may use some of the same techniques as organic farming. However, non-organic farmers may also use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Currently, non-organic farmers in Ontario are using fewer pesticides in favour of natural alternatives.
Are organic foods safe to eat?
Yes. Whether you are choosing organic or conventional (non-organic) food products, it is important to practice food safety. Organic foods should be prepared with the same safety measures as conventional foods to make sure they are clean and safe to eat.