Unless you live under a rock (which sounds really cool by the way!) then you’ve heard the term “organic” in conjunction with today’s food supply. In fact, you’ve probably argued back and forth why or, why not, you shouldn’t buy a specific food as organic. I mean, shouldn’t all food be called organic? And the modified foods full of chemicals called “food like substances”? Nope, I guess not. And with the food industry continually changing its marketing lingo I’ve now seen the terms “biodynamic” and “beyond organic”. What does that even mean?! Well I’m here to help you wade through the choices of what organic means, why it’s beneficial for your gut and other questions you can ask yourself to ensure you’re shopping the best way for yourself.
Hold the Chemicals Please
One of the major benefits of choosing organic foods is that you’re choosing to lessen the number of herbicides, pesticides, insecticides and more; that are commonly found in today’s food supply that ultimately end up on your plate. Unfortunately for your gut, the heavy use of chemical sprays on crops is bad news for your gut microbiome. We want both good and “bad” bacteria in our guts, too much “bad” bacteria and it can show up as brain fog, bad bowel movements, irritability, and much, much more.
No GMO’s for Moi
If you’ve decided that you don’t want to include GMO foods in your diet then not to worry, organic food labelling in Canada prohibits the use of GMO seeds. PS. Not just in your seeds but in animal feed too.
What About Our Water?
Organic Farming takes water systems into account and further supports local waterways by not using chemicals and fertilizers that can compromise the quality of our important water systems.
Biodynamic and Beyond Organic
Ok so biodynamic might seem a little “out there” for some people! Bear with me. It’s rooted in teachings by a dude named Dr. Rudolf Steiner. His main goal was to really change the way that people view farming by incorporating an understanding of the “spirit” of the land. A more holistic approach to preserve the quality of the soil, plant health, animal health and the overall eco-system that encompasses each farm. This guy was onto something. With the invention of modern herbicides and pesticides we are definitely experiencing lowering quality of soil which directly impacts the nutrient density of foods grown in compromised soil (hello magnesium and potassium! Or rather goodbye).
Beyond organic seems to be a phrase coined by Joel Salatin when speaking to taking back control over the quality of food that farmers choose to grow. The process to become “certified organic” can be a large financial investment so naturally not every farm might be able to partake in the program therefore farmers may be coining the term “beyond organic” to demonstrate their commitment to the quality of the food they grow while not being able to display the “Canada Organic” symbol.
Where do I Start?
I would recommend you check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list as it relates to the “Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen”. It acts as a great place to start when you’re looking to incorporate more organic foods into your diet, whether it be due to personal preference or for gut support. Start small and don’t stress about the process, it’s all about choice and transparency in your food supply.
Guacamole Corn & Feta Dip
3 Avocado (diced)
2 Tomato (medium, seeds removed and chopped)
1 cup Corn (cooked)
1/2 cup Red Onion (finely chopped)
1/4 cup Cilantro (finely chopped)
1 Garlic (clove, minced)
2 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 cup Feta Cheese
- Add the avocado, tomato, corn, and onion to a mixing bowl and gently stir to combine.
- Add the cilantro, garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt to the bowl and gently mix together.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and top with feta cheese. Enjoy!