Organic vs certified organic: what’s the difference? As part of #OrganicWeek from September 17 – 25, 2016, we’re helping break down why it’s best to choose organic and what the official title represents.

The term organic gets bandied about a lot these days. Just because a product has the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the packaging, doesn’t mean it’s gone through all of the proper checks and balances. Although the product could have been produced organically, without certification, there’s no guarantee.

Set by Canada Organic, certified organic products have a strict set of guidelines – among the most widely recognized in the world – that manufacturers must adhere to. Products that say ‘certified organic’ or display the Canada Organic Biologique logo are certified by an official body and accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The rigorous inspection process includes full food traceability, chemical-free land use for at least three years with ongoing on-site inspections and regular audits.

Besides reducing your exposure to chemicals and toxins, there are so many great reasons to buy certified organic including improved animal welfare, building healthy ecosystems and protecting farmers. Support organic farmers by shopping local – check out the farmers markets in your area.

You can find much more detail on buying organic, certification and events in your area from Canada Organic: http://organicweek.ca

Herbal Healing only uses natural ingredients, using certified organic herbs whenever possible.

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