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Organic Foods and Fair Trading

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“Your health, happiness, and the future of life on earth are rarely so much in your hands as when you sit down to eat.” – John Robbins, Diet for a New America

Organics: The Philosophy

Organic food and organic farming represent a philosophy that goes beyond just the quality of food. It strives to maintain the integrity of the entire food chain – soil, plants, air, water, animals, and people. We are all part of the same ecosystem. Since the food sources of herbivores originate from the land, the focus must therefore be on the replenishment of our land, just as we replenish ourselves. As fertile land grows, healthier plants translate to healthier humans and healthier animals. – Adapted from Steve Meyerowitz, The Organic Food Guide: How to Shop Smarter and Eat Healthier

Are organically grown foods superior to their conventionally grown counterparts? This seems to be a valid question, especially with the increasing demand for organically grown produce. Before I continue, I would like to mention that this article will solely focus on organic fruits and vegetables. The immoral exploitation of animals will be discussed in a future article that will also delve into the world of animal organics.

It’s no secret that public concern has been mounting over whether ingestible plant products are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) or not. I’m sure many of you have noticed the ‘organic’ options currently available in the larger grocery stores that were once non-existent. Where exactly do these products come from and, more importantly, how does a product gain its ‘organic’ classification? With a link to the fair trade mentality, can we hope to see more businesses such as Bridgehead, an Ottawa-based coffee company that offers 100% fair traded and organic coffees and teas? Just as organic food and organic farming represent a philosophy of universal connectedness, so too does fair trading for all.

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