WILL STARFIELD CENTRE BE GROWING CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLES?

 

No... Growing Certified Organic would work against our core Mission.

OUR MISSION:

We are committed to developing fully integrated systems for the production and distribution of a wide variety of highly nutritious foods, at the lowest possible prices. We are community focused, yet regionally and nationally networked for governance, learning, innovation and food security.

 

WHY NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC?

Organic TomatoWhile we support some of the aims of the Certified Organic movement pursuing their model would work against our desire to grow highly nutritious foods at the lowest possible prices. Even though many of our practices will be in complete harmony with those of the Organic movement, the certification would impose restrictions on our growing techniques which may hinder our ability to increase the nutritional value of the produce. We believe that good tasting and nutritious vegetables are more valuable than carefully regulated foods.

 

Secondly, the certification process adds to the cost of the produce. People on a budget should not have to sacrifice quality for price.

 

Instead, we believe our innovative growing techniques can naturally produce, highly nutritious vegetables at a lower price than traditional farming and greenhouse systems... and certainly at a lot lower price than Certified Organic.

 

The Rise of the Organic Movement

Bell Pepper Grown OrganicallyExperiencing the most growth in 2009, organic fruits and vegetables, which represent 38 percent of total organic food sales, reached nearly $9.5 billion in sales in 2009 in the U.S., up 11.4 percent from 2008 sales. U.S. statistics are mentioned here because Canada imports most of its fruits and vegetables from the U.S, and next Mexico.

 

According to organic standards set forth by the USDA, organic foods include crops grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, sewage sludge, ionizing radiation, and food additives. Also, an organic farm is required to locate on soil that has not been contaminated with herbicides for as many as 5 years.

 

Why Organic Growing doesn't provide Nutritious Foods

There is almost no unpolluted acreage available that can be classed as "organic”, and naturally pure irrigation water is becoming rare. Therefore the rules for “organic production are changing, and a recent decision by the USDA has allowed for six “organic pesticides”. Also a recent report showed there is really no difference between “organic” crops and conventional and another reports that “organic certification” is a meaningless hoax, especially if imported from the most polluted country on the planet – China.

 

When animals eat plants, they pull out the majority of useful mineral nutrients from the plants in their gut. What remains is mineral deficient manure. ‘Organic grown’ plants are grown in manure that has already passed through an animal. The manure is mineral deficient because the animal has removed the minerals in its gut in order to live.

 

There is even less mineral residue in the manure if the animal is fed “organic” feed which has almost no mineral content. Plants grown in this manure are weak and weaker when successive crops are grown in the same manure. These plants are useless as a source of nutrition to people who eat them. They look bad and have a short shelf life before they turn to mush.

 

Manure fertilizer can also be loaded with deadly bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella that can enter the tissues of produce plants through the roots. They are embedded in the plants and can’t be washed off. Each year in the U.S., 31 major food borne pathogens cause 9.4 million cases of food borne illness, 55,961 hospitalizations, and 2,612 deaths.

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that each year roughly one in eight Canadians (or four million people) get sick with a domestically acquired food-borne illness from 30 known pathogens.

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