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January 2015 - Are You Really Getting ORGANIC or Chemicals?


We love new beginnings!

There is always so much hope and expectation at the beginning of the year. We look forward to being a part of your hope and expectation for "better and better health" this year!


Are you really getting ORGANIC or chemicals??

I have been on a quest lately to really qualify the organic status of some of the foods I like to eat. As many of you know, Phil and I do not eat 100% organic, though we do eat quite a bit of organic foods. This is especially so since two of our 3 meals are made with our own

  • Organic Alfalfa
  • Organic Olive Leaf
  • Organic Green Stevia
  • plus the organic seeds we add to the Phil's Ultimate Breakfast with a Schmunkie

peppersIt is for our evening meal that questions arise for me. I used to only buy organic sweet peppers in season from our fellow Farmers' Marketers. My dilemma comes when our local growing season comes to an end.

It always "frosted my biscuits" that there was all this produce, i.e. sweet peppers, grown in Canada in November or December!

Logic would tell you that it HAS TO BE GROWN IN A GREENHOUSE! Right?

Now I know that most greenhouse produce is grown in chemicals, hydroponically. I sort of thought that the same was true for organic greenhouse grown produce. That is what I looked into recently, to satisfy my own desire for truly organic sweet peppers that were free of chemicals.

So in my search I found out that all produce classed as, or making an 'ORGANIC' claim, cannot be grown hydroponically or aeroponically.

YEAH! This was great news to me! I want my food to actually be connected to the earth and benefit from the ions and life-force in the soil. I prefer the plants to be planted in the soil, but apparently it is acceptable to plant them in pots as well. The key is that the planting medium is not sterile and actually has micro-organisms present like real soil does.

Another key aspect was that the organic greenhouse industry has to comply with the same regulations regarding fertilization and pest control as we do as organic farmers.

YEAH! All in all I was pleased that there had to be live soil involved.

 


Inspirational Quote:

"You don't have to be great, to start, but you have to start, to be great."
Zig Ziglar


Health & Happiness To You Always!

Phil & Cindy Levington

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Box 513 Savona, BC V0K 2J0 Canada

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