How to know if a product is organic

We see products such as food, clothing, textiles, beauty products, toys, furniture, seeds and garden soil in most retail establishments but how do we know if they are really a true organic product? Organic is defined as relating to or derived from living organisms, Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Products that are organic will have an organic certification label, this means that they are inspected and are using environmentally, animal friendly methods.

Products must contain more than 95% organic ingredients in order to be labelled organic.

Cosmetic products that say they are Natural or Botanical does not necessarily mean they are made from organic, natural products or free of chemicals, it means that some of the ingredients are. The only way to truly know if a product is organic is if it has the organic certification logo.

The Canada food Inspection Agency has Organic Product Regulations which lay out the specific production practices that must take place in order to be considered organic. These regulations only apply to the producers who are wanting to use the Canada Organic Label who sell organic products across provincial, territorial and international boarders. If they are producing and selling products in the same province, then they must follow their provincial regulations.

How livestock are housed, fed, transported, and even slaughtered, how crops and produce are to be grown, processed, and stored, how pests and diseases are treated are some of the standards in the production of Organic ingredients, as well as what environmental factors must be considered. 

It is important to take some initiative of your own when choosing to go organic, be sure you are reading labels and looking for the Organic Certification label and shop local farmer’s markets and talk to the farmers about how they grow their products. Make if fun and don’t be afraid to try new organic recipes.