The  Organic world

Organic agriculture

Organic farming has been practiced around the world for 12,000 years. It's an approach that respects life and the cycles of nature, emphasizing biodiversity, biologically active soil and natural ways to control pests and competing plants.

Only about 50 years ago, governments and multinationals started promoting the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, supposedly to increase farm yields. That was the beginning of chemical farming, which has gradually become conventional farming. At first, the chemicals boosted production. In China, for example, a farm could produce as much as five times more rice than before. But since then, chemical agriculture has destroyed farmland, biodiversity and the environment. What's worse, the chemicals used have been associated with a number of diseases.
Then and now, organic farmers have refused to use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to produce food. Quebec farmers who were part of this refusal joined the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.
Farmers around the world came together to define organic agriculture, setting international standards and establishing organizations to ensure those standards are followed and to certify growers, such as Quebec Vrai and Ecocert Canada.
In order for a farm to be certified organic, it must comply with specifications and regulations that prohibit the use of chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides and genetically modified organisms.
 

Only organic farms certified by a State-authorized certifier are allowed to use the certifier’s organic label on their products. The word "organic" is protected by law and delinquents can be prosecuted.

In 2009, approximately 37.5 million hectares in the world were dedicated to organic farming. Organic agriculture also helped maintain or develop several techniques and technologies, most of which are now transitioning into conventional agriculture. Some important benefits include:

  • Suppressing most of the nuisances linked to pesticides on water tables, surface waters, fauna, and humans;
  • Diminishing feedstock extraction infrastructures, oftena source of pollution;
  • Using much fewer petrochemistry materials;
  • Using 30% less energy, less water, and no chemical pesticides for an equivalent performance, according to a study by ecologist David Pimentel of Cornell University in New York.

* To learn more about Quebec’s organic world, you will find all the information you need on La filière biologique du Québec. (French only).

Fresh food, all year long

We have access to fresh organic dairy products and eggs all year long on the local market, but our cold climate makes it impossible to grow all the fruits and vegetables that we’d like to offer at any time of year. This is why we get many vegetables from greenhouses and, for the rest, we rely on international partners in order to give you access to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables all year long.

Everywhere around the world, local farmers share their surplus with neighboring regions in need. This is how we get vitamin C-filled exotic fruit and greens from farms located in warmer climates, which grow fresh, quality produce that are certified organic by the local authorized agencies. After all, transporting organic or conventional orangescosts the same. That’s just another reason why we think all fresh imported produce should be organic, to minimize the impact of food production on the environment.

 

To save time and money. A single refrigerated diesel truck from Le Jardin des Anges replaces up to 80 cars on the road. Five minutes online doing your groceries can save you an hour at the supermarket, plus travelling time. You can even change your mind during the week and correct your order. You’ll have much more time for work, cook, enjoy your family and leisure time. See our Comments page to read the experience of several  Jardin des Anges member families.

Why buy at JARDIN DES ANGES?

To save time and money. A single refrigerated diesel truck from Le Jardin des Anges replaces up to 80 cars on the road. Five minutes online doing your groceries can save you an hour at the supermarket, plus travelling time. You can even change your mind during the week and correct your order. You’ll have much more time for work, cook, enjoy your family and leisure time. See our Comments page to read the experience of several  Jardin des Anges member families.

Why eat organic?

For taste Organic fruits and vegetables taste good. Because they’re grown “at their own pace” (without synthetic fertilizers), organic fruits and veggies have the time to draw all the ground’s nutrients at a natural pace. Local organic produce are often picked ripe on delivery day or the day before, which ensures maximum taste.

Fruit and vegetables grown in fertile, rich and balanced soils taste better, have higher nutrition value, andare more filling.

Organic certification: strict standards

Certification of organic fruits and vegetables guarantees that the products you eat meet chemical-free production standards.

Also, organic producers must respect precise specifications and standards controlled by certifiers, who are themselves bound by a law on organic products from the Quebec National Assembly.

Organic production of fruits and vegetables reduces health risks

Many chemicals used in conventional agriculture have been approved without proper evaluation of their long-term effects: DDT is only one well-known example. We know today that several cancers and other diseases are caused by chemicals that farmers have been using for 50 years. Moreover, some food allergies have been linked to the ingestion of pesticide residue and some food additives.

Genetically modified organisms (GMO's) are plants (or other species) whose genetic sequence is modified by the introduction of genes from another organism, or from another species. No independent study has evaluated the long-term impacts of GMO's on health, but eating organic products eliminates all risk associated to GMO's, because modified, “transgenic” seeds are banned from organic farming.

Studies even showed that some organic foods contain more nutrients than conventional products. Virginia Worthington, from John Hopkins University in Maryland, showed for instance that organic spinach contain 52% more vitamin C than conventional spinach.

Organic fruits and vegetables could therefore be a way to prevent some health problems linked to food.

Organic food protects kids’ health

Kids are much more sensitive to pesticides than adults, as shown by several scientific studies. Therefore, the parents’ food choices have a significant impact on their children’s health.

Organic farming methods regenerate the soil

Soil is at the start of the food chain. Intensive use of chemicals and monoculture erode and impoverish soils by destroying its micro-organisms. Organic farming methods, on the other hand, are based on crop diversity and natural fertilization processes, such as the use of compost for building and maintaining soil fertility.

Organic farms protect water

Organic farming methods protect and keep water clean. For instance, they eliminate the use of chemicals that pollute streams and water tables.

Organic farms respect fauna and flora diversity

Organic producers often promote maintaining nature’s equilibrium. Windbreaks, rotation, wetland preservation, pollination by insects, and diversified crops are all methods used in organic farming that help to preserve biodiversity.

The disappearance of cultivars is a serious concern for organic producers and biologists. Many organic farms harvest and collect seeds and plants that corporations don’t value. By preserving less common species and by avoiding monoculture, they contribute to a more balanced ecosystem.

Organic farming contributes to saving rural communities

Industrial agriculture has dramatically reduced the amount of agricultural settlements. Since the majority of organic farms are independent and small, organic farming represents one of the few viable strategies for the safeguard of communities in rural areas.