2014 Press Releases
Data confirm organic lowers consumer exposure to pesticides
Jan 8, 2014 - These data confirm what numerous peer-reviewed studies have shown: that organic products have significantly lower rates of pesticide residues, while the few products that do show trace chemicals are at much lower levels than the average for conventional produce.
The data reported by CBC show that conventional produce is 70% more likely to contain pesticide residues, and conventional products tested above the maximum allowed levels 2.5 times more often than organic.
Test results* published in December show that organophosphate pesticide levels in children in Toronto plummeted as soon as they began eating an organic diet. Unfortunately, agricultural pesticides now contaminate every part of our lives: from our soil and drinking water, to fetal cord blood. We believe firmly that organic is the only option for consumers who wish to reduce their exposure to persistent and synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs.
Canadian consumers can trust that federal law now governs organic products. All imported and domestic products must meet Canadian standard requirements in order to be sold as organic. In addition to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s inspection and enforcement of organic products on retail shelves, organic farms and processing facilities are subject to regular on-site inspections, making organic products the most scrutinized and controlled foods in our market.
The organic sector fully expects CFIA to take full enforcement action on any producers shown to have used a prohibited substance on organic products.
For many farmers and consumers, organic is much more than the absence of toxic and synthetic pesticides—organic is about the use of humane standards for animals, increasing biodiversity on farms and in nature, and fostering resilient and adaptable plants and soils that reduce our carbon footprint. In addition to all these things, consumers who choose organic know they are choosing products that do not use GMOs, artificial colours, additives or flavours. Organic is a great choice.
For more information, contact Matthew Holmes: 613-482, 1717, firstname.lastname@example.org, Canada Organic Trade Association.
* Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith: Toxin Toxout. December 2013: Knopf Canada.