Organic Farming: certified organic food
Organic farming is a production method that aims to:
protect the environment;
respect the natural biological cycles.
Organic farming promotes :
recycling, improving fertility and soil quality;
emphasis on health and welfare of animals in an environment that values the local economy and allows for sociocultural.
Production and processing of organic foods are based on a set of techniques that exclude particular, the use of:
pesticides and chemical fertilizers;
genetically modified organisms (GMOs);
antibiotics and growth hormones;
Why buy organic?
Health, environmental protection and even taste. Indeed, the organic food production is based on principles that seek to avoid any form of air pollution, water and soil, while providing healthy food and high nutritional quality.
For example, herbicides are replaced by labor, compost, green manure and fallow substitute for chemical fertilizers, growth hormones are replaced by longer periods of breeding.
Is it really organic?
Control of the organic designation is governed by a law of Québec. This requires that all products bearing a reserved designation, such as the “organic” are certified by an accredited certification body. Therefore, all organic products must bear the name of the organization that certified. “Certified by” plus the name of the certification body is required on the product’s warranty and is the biological status of a food for the consumer.
The Council of reserved designations and added-value (CARTV) is the organization that received the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) is responsible for controlling and monitoring the use of the appellation Quebec Organic. CARTV accredits certification bodies for Quebec agri-food products. The operation of these organizations accredited is therefore subject to strict and rigorous supervision by the CARTV. The verification is done annually by the factory inspection.