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Organic food is grown by farmers who only use farming methods that strive for a balance with nature and system sustainability. Their methods focus on natural soil improvement and rely on inherent biological systems to produce the highest quality foods with minimal environmental impact. When you see the “organic” label on food, it means your government has certified that the farm and the food grown there have used techniques that:
- Do not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and soil fumigants.
- Do not use sewage sludge for fertilizer.
- Do not use any form of genetic engineering (plant, animal, or hybrid).
- Do not use artificial growth hormones or antibiotics (in animals).
- Do improve the quality and fertility of the soil.
- Do protect water quality.
- Do reduce soil erosion.
- Do rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control.
- Do reduce the impact of agriculture on our environment.
- Do produce the highest quality, great tasting food!
Natural food is food that has been grown using similar processes to organic food (using no additives, no preservatives, no colouring, no hormones, no antibiotics, and no other artificial agents) but that has not been or undertaken certification by the government. When we select natural ingredients, we do our best to ensure that they are of the highest quality and compare to the quality, purity, and sustainability of organic food. In our estimation, a natural food farm should make every attempt to operate like an organic farm!
Living Right has always been committed to creating products that are healthy, convenient and great tasting. As seen with the launch of our organic products, along with our Breaded Fish Fillet and Fish Sticks made with fish from Certified Sustainable Fisheries, Environmental Sustainability is something we are strongly committed to and support.
For all of our breaded fish products, Living Right is proud to partner with fisheries that have been third-party certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The MSC is an international, non-profit organization with offices in the UK, US, Australia and Japan. The MSC seeks to reverse the decline of fish stocks, safeguard livelihoods and deliver improvements in marine conservation worldwide. MSC works with fisheries, seafood processors, the foodservice sector and retailers to change the way the seas are fished, and raise awareness through consumer outreach and media relations. Their award-winning green-business partnership has been praised by world leaders.
For more information on the MSC, visit their website at www.msc.org
Our new Italian Beef Meatball is made with Prairie Heritage Beef – beef raised by an eco-committed group of ranchers in Western Canada practicing sustainable farming methods, raising beef the old-fashioned way; predominantly pasture-raised, without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones or feed containing animal-by products, and with full traceability to ranches of origin. Ranches such as Spiritview Ranch have been third-party certified for their sustainable farming practices by Food Alliance.
Food Alliance Certified farmers and ranchers meet the following standards:
provide safe and fair working conditions
Ensure the health and humane treatment of animals
No use of hormones or non-therapeutic antibiotics
No genetically modified crops or livestock
Reduce pesticide use and toxicity through integrated pest management
Protect soil and water quality
Protect and enhance wildlife habitat
Continuously improve management practices
For more information on our sustainably-farmed beef, please visit www.prairieheritage.ca or visit the Food Alliance website at www.foodalliance.org.
Our new Italian Turkey Meatballs are made with organic turkey. All organic farms practice Sustainable farming and are all third-party certified. For more information, please see below and/or visit www.ota.com
Man-made chemicals that are used in agriculture to kill insects and pests that would otherwise destroy agriculture crops. The main classes consist of organochlorines, organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids. Exposure to pesticides can cause acute (short term) or chronic (long term) effects on animals and humans, especially in the reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems.
Man-made chemicals used in agriculture to kill plants that are unwanted. Selective herbicides kill only specific plants, while leaving the remainder of crops undamaged.
A class of pesticides that form a gas when applied to soil. These gases kill pests that live in the soil that could otherwise disrupt plant growth and crop production.
A process where a food item is exposed to radiation (x-rays), an ionizing energy, for a length of time in order to kill harmful bacteria and protect against foodborne illness.
Any natural or chemical substance added to food in order to preserve, enhance flavour, colour, or appearance.
Sewage sludge is an end product of the wastewater treatment process and is spread on agriculture fields to enhance the growth of crops. Sewage sludge can contain heavy metals and other toxic chemicals that can not only adversely affect crops, but can leach into the water supply detrimentally affecting water quality.
Directly manipulating an organism’s DNA by inserting or removing genes in an organism in order to enhance the size, quality, flavour, or uniformity of the organism.
Artificial Growth Hormones
When used in cows, artificial growth hormones are otherwise known as rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin) or rGBH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), these drugs artificially cause cows to produce more milk.
A substance, natural or chemically produced, that can destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. The use of antibiotics in animals has caused concern for the spread of antibiotic resistant microorganisms.
A naturally occurring form of soil degradation caused by water and wind contributing to a significant amount of soil loss.
Natural and Biological Systems for Pest and Weed Control
The process of allowing natural predators and natural pesticides to control a moderate level of unwanted pests and weeds as part of a natural ecosystem in agriculture.