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Organic Products

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We’ve been bringing our customers the best in certified organic products since 1990. Today, we carry hundreds of organic products in our stores, from fruits and veggies to condiments to cheese, and virtually everything in between.

Organics 101

Organic foods are grown without any synthetic (man-made) pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, and without chemical fertilizers. Instead, farmers keep their crops and livestock healthy and manage bugs, weeds and other pests through natural products, alternative techniques (like hand weeding instead of spraying chemicals to manage weeds, for example), and by encouraging Mother Nature’s own pest control specialists (releasing ladybugs to control aphids, for example). Because organic farming works in tune with nature, it is good for the environment, promoting ecological balance, conserving biodiversity and protecting the air, soil and water.

Certified Organics

Why are certified organic products usually more expensive than the same product, conventionally grown? The answer is simple: not only does growing food organically require more hands-on labour, it is also costly and complex to achieve organic certification in the first place. To be allowed to sell products as ‘certified organic’ in Canada, a producer needs to prove that they meet and maintain very strict management practice standards. Getting certified usually takes at least three years and it’s a big commitment from the grower or producer. In order to successfully pass the certification review, they must meet a long list of standards.

Our Certification Standards

Our Thrifty Foods certified organic products are produced by growers and producers who meet the organic certification standards of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), the Canadian Organic Growers (COG), the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC), or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).