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Here at Organic Alberta we’ve been working hard on getting you the information on organics you’re looking for. We will be sharing the facts and clearing up misconceptions about organic food in Alberta.
New information, articles, and videos are being developed to address misconceptions and educate you on everything organic. In fact, we will be releasing a new and informative article and video every month, so stay tuned!
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Do Animals Wear Winter Coats?
When you think about organic livestock farming, you might immediately imagine a herd of cattle grazing peacefully in a grassy field. In the sunny Canadian summer, this might be exactly what you stumble across. Unlimited access to the outdoors and plenty of fresh grazing pasture is ideal for organic livestock. How do organic farmers keep their livestock safe throughout the cold, harsh winter months?
Why Is Organic Food More Expensive?
With conventional food prices already so high, some Canadians worry that the cost of organic food is prohibitive. However, despite prices, the organic market is growing globally at a rate of 17.6% per year. In Canada, the organic market is worth an annual average of $5.4 billion. 74% of Albertangrocery shoppers now purchase organics weekly (in 2017).
Antibiotics in Meat & Dairy
With the increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria, many people are becoming concerned about the potential for antibiotic residue in fish, meat, milk, and eggs even though Health Canada has established the maximum residue limits (MRLs) of antibiotics in food animals, which refer to the residue levels that do not pose a risk to human health if ingested daily over a lifetime.
On April 1st, 2019, if your food says it is organic, IT IS! Government legislation passed under the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act states that anyone who uses the term “organic” must be certified in accordance with the federally regulated Canadian Organic Standards. How does this affect you?
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