Organic Is From The Ground Up, Literally!

by Susan
on 16 June 2017

The concept of organic goes beyond grocery labels, in fact, it honestly starts in the dirt. In order for a fruit, vegetable, or flower to be considered organic, it must meet a set criteria. It may seem elementary to some veteran gardeners, but you’d be surprised how little some Canadians know about being organic, as well as the regulating standards. Simply put, for the final product to be organic all components involved must also be organic throughout the entire process. From the ground up, literally!  


Organic Starts In The Soil

This means the soil it is grown in must be organic. To some people, this may not make sense. How is the organic dirt in the store any different than the dirt outside their own home? The truth is that our soil, especially in heavily populated areas, as well as near nonorganic farming lands, have quite a bit of soil contaminants. These often including industrial chemicals from construction, chemical based lawn care products, and a variety of other potentially harmful impurities. Even if you don’t use these harmful chemicals in your yard, over time they have the potential to seep in when a neighbor uses them, especially if your property experiences run-off. 


The Seeds Themselves Must Be Organic Too

Genetically modified seeds are not considered organic. In order to grow organic plants, the seed must meet organic regulations too. The key of organic is to eat crops similar to what our ancestors ate before we began modifying them. However, many of the seeds sold in stores today are modified in some way. So ensuring you purchase organic seeds is a vital part of the process that some may accidentally overlook. The next time you are at the grocery store, compare an organic fruit to its nonorganic counterpart. Do you see any differences? There are some. Most of these visual differences came from the variations between their seeds. 


The Whole Process Matters

The organic status of a plant doesn’t just rely on soil and seed alone. Only organic pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides and other products can be used throughout the process. These avoid the use of toxic chemicals that can affect human health, as well as the health of surrounding wildlife.   The first thing you need to understand is that pesticides, in comparison to most chemicals we come in contact with daily, are deliberately added to the environment for the purpose of killing or injuring some form of life. These chemicals cannot discriminate between their victims, such as the 9 incidences per year of fish being killed in large numbers due to pesticide runoff from nearby farms during heavy rain in Montague on Prince Edward Island.


Organic is more than just a label, it’s a dedication to unaltered food. It’s a belief in consuming natural products. It’s a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. It's hoping for a brighter future. “Organic” means so many different thins to a vast variety of people. To us it means leaving the earth better than we found it, starting from the ground up. For more information on organic standards or where you can purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt products, please feel free to contact us today. 

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