You take pride in purchasing food that contributes to a balanced ecosystem and pays farmers and food processors a fair wage. But you're smart enough not to trust everything you read, and you're worried that organic and other labels are nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

 

If you're about to leave the grocery store empty handed again because nothing seems to measure up to your high standards for food production, take heart. We want you to trust your food labels so that you don't need a degree in food science to find quality nourishment.

 

Name That Logo!


Canada Organic

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    Your purchase supports:
  • improved soil fertility
  • GMO-free (no genetically modified organisms)
  • biodiversity & protection of wildlife & plants
  • preventative health care for animals (no hormones/antibiotics)
  • holistic weed & pest management (no synthetic chemicals)
      The Canada Organic logo was introduced in Canada in 2009. Independent inspectors and certification bodies annually verify that organic farmers and food processors meet the Canadian Organic Standards. Sometimes these certification bodies have their own logos, but each requires the same national standards. Organic certification in Canada is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Canada Organic Office. 

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Organic Growers

Manitoba Organic Alliance


USDA Organic

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Your purchase supports:
  • soil & water conservation
  • preventative health care for animals (no hormones/antibiotics)
  • GMO-free (no genetically modified organisms)
  • natural fertilizers
  • holistic weed & pest management (no synthetic chemicals)
      Since 2002, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic label has been regulated by the National Organic Program. Accredited certifiers ensure that organic requirements are met. Certifiers may have their own unique logo, but products still have to comply with USDA standards of at least 95% organic content.

USDA National Organic Program
Certifiers Approved by Canadian Food Inspection Agency



Certified Naturally Grown

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Your purchase supports:
  • unprocessed foods
  • preventative health care for animals (no hormones/antibiotics)
  • GMO free (no genetically modified organisms)
  • transparent & collaborative inspection and certification
  • holistic weed & pest management (no synthetic chemicals)
      Building on the USDA organic standards, this non-profit organization incorporates peer review (farmer-to-farmer) inspections, which fosters sharing of best practices. The certification process is transparent and open to the public - applications, Inspection Summaries and Declarations are all available online. Most certified farms are in the USA.

Certified Naturally Grown


Fair Trade

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    Your purchase supports:
  • partnership between producers & consumers
  • reduced usage of synthetic pesticides & fertilizers
  • fair wages for producers & workers
  • investment in local communities
      There are a wide variety of fair trade labels and organizations in Canada and around the world. The main premise of fair trade is ensuring fair wages for producers and workers, and local investment in the communities where these products are grown. Fair trade products are not necessarily required to be grown organically, but there is an emphasis on ecological farming and there are many certified organic fair trade products available.

Fair Trade International
Fair Trade Manitoba


Non GMO Project

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    Your purchase supports:
  • consensus-based standards
  • GMO free (no genetically modified organisms)
  • heritage, heirloom, and organic seeds
  • informing consumers about products that contain GMOs
      Consensus-based, third party (independent) verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products in North America. This label does not guarantee 100% GMO free, but the verification is process based and aligns with the European Union's standards of 0.9% or lower GMO content.

Non GMO Project
Canadian Organic Growers
World Health Organization


Local Food Plus

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Your purchase supports:
  • local & sustainable
  • soil & water conservation
  • wildlife habitat protection
  • reduced energy consumption
  • animal welfare
      Local Food Plus incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2005. A joint partnership with the University of Toronto, Local Food Plus certifies local, sustainable food producers. This is not an organic certification body, but there is some overlap with organics in terms of the values that Local Food Plus promotes.

Local Food Plus


Demeter International

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Your purchase supports:
  • improved soil fertility
  • crop rotation
  • green manures
  • dignified animal husbandry
  • local food production systems
  • community building
      Rudolf Steiner is considered the founder of biodynamics, an agricultural practice that incorporates the metaphysical or non-physical forces in nature. Biodynamic certification through Demeter International incorporates International Demeter Production and Processing Standards as well as the local region’s organic standards and regulations.

Demeter International
Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association


Rainforest Alliance Certified
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Your purchase supports:
  • wildlife protection
  • soil, water & ecosystem conservation
  • good working conditions
  • integrated crop & waste management
  • community relations
      The Rainforest Alliance certifies several industries, including tourism, forestry, and agriculture. Farms are audited by the  independent Sustainable Farm Certification, Intl. Farmers must comply with the Sustainable Agriculture Network standards.

Rainforest Alliance
Sustainable Farm Certification
Sustainable Agriculture Network