Organic living is where it’s at today, at least that’s what you read on the internet or in your news. But how do you know that organic living is right for you? Well, we are here to tell you that it’s the safest alternative for you and your loved ones when it comes to the food that you consume.
To be organic, in its simplest terms, means to be free of any synthetic materials or chemicals. When it comes to our produce, this means that only natural pesticides are used on our lettuce and our tomatoes weren’t injected with hormones. The same goes for your meat.
Livestock must be treated in a humane manner that includes access to a normal life. This means organic chickens weren’t secluded to cages and cattle are free to roam. To be organic, suppliers must fall under specific guidelines and be certified.
What Does This Mean for You?
This means that you have a choice to make when you head to the grocery store. You can purchase the items that are not organic and know that they most likely have pesticides and may be filled with growth hormones. When you think about it, it’s hard to put that forkful of lettuce into your mouth without wondering exactly what is on it.
An organic lifestyle is appealing to many people because through it they get the peace of mind knowing that their food was grown or raised without any synthetic help. Once you read the rest of the article you might even want to start your own personal organic garden!
So many chemicals are used in the non-organic farming industry that you never know what kind of mixture you are getting when you eat it. At this time 600+ active chemicals are used legally in the United States agricultural world. This comes to billions of pounds of chemicals being dumped on food every year. That’s why instead of chemical fertilizers, going organic will teach you how to use compost in gardening.
You can even create your own compost with one of the highest rated composters available.
Are They Safe
Just because a chemical has been approved doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safe. Scientists are still unsure of the long term effects for 90% of the chemicals used on food, according to The National Academy of Sciences. On the flip side, only 1% of the food put on shelves is tested for pesticide residue.
When foods are left to grow at their natural pace the results are amazing as far as health benefits go. Foods grown organically are greater sources of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and micronutrients. This is because the soil organics are grown in is naturally sustainable and free of chemicals as well.
The difference in nutritional value between organics and commercially grown is significant, which has been proven over 40 times in published studies by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. These studies covered foods from fruits and vegetables to grains.
Specifically, foods like potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, and carrots, that were all grown organically, will provide more vitamin C than those that were grown commercially. Organics are also higher in iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
Help the Environment
When you choose to purchase organic items then you are doing your part to help our Earth. We have a great relationship with this planet and, when cultivated correctly, she can give us so many gifts. If we overdo it with the chemicals then our world could possibly change, and not for the better.
Say Yes to Biodiversity
Organic farming has the world’s ecosystem in their best interest. When farmers stick to an organic agenda their local ecosystem flourishes. This enables all of the creatures to live there happily.
It Cleans the Earth
When using crop rotation, composted manure, as well as other natural practices, the soil becomes fertile and nourished naturally. This is great for future crops. When using chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers they can leave phosphorus and nitrogen in the ground, too much in fact, which can have a serious impact.
This also affects our water supplies since these chemicals drain into them through the soil.
Support Farms with Your Ideals
Buying organic means you are consciously making a choice to purchase from a non-commercial farm and doing what you can to support the business that views the world the way you do. If you are still reading this article, then you are most likely a person who is concerned with the chemical additives in foods and wants to avoid them when you can.
When you do purchase organic it ensures these farms will continue to thrive with humane practices toward their livestock and sustain healthy soil for future crops.
Being healthy is on top of everyone’s priority list these days. If it isn’t, it should be. Still, how healthy we are lies within our control more so today than ever before. Because now we have the option to not purchase the food that’s been drowned in chemicals or injected with excessive hormones. We have healthier options available to us thanks to organic farming. Now the choice is yours.
Tim Moore is the lead editor of Backyard Boss and is a lifelong backyard enthusiast. He grew up immersed in the outdoors, camping every weekend and tending to the backyard with his family. Follow Tim and Backyard Boss on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for everyday inspiration for your backyard.
7-Eleven Canada Brings the Taste of Hawaii to Canadians During the Dreaded Winter Months
7Rewards members can enter to win a trip to Hawaii
with every registered coffee scan
January is cold, dark and gloomy and Blue Monday, claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, has officially arrived. 7-Eleven Canada is here to cure the post-holiday blues, pulling customers out of their winter slumps. The retailer is now offering cups of their high-quality Hawaiian Kona Blend Coffee in a special Kona print 20oz cup, and with every registered coffee scan, 7Rewards members will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 7 trips to Hawaii.
Grown and harvested on the slopes of the Mauna Loa on the Big Island, Kona blend coffee is rich in flavour and fresh from the sun-kissed shores of Hawaii. Every winter, Canadians are invited to indulge in the warm comfort, balanced flavour and smooth finish of 7-Eleven’s exclusive Kona Blend, escaping the dreaded Canadian winters, even just for a moment.
“With a long winter still ahead, we want to make our customers days a little brighter by bringing that Hawaiian feeling home,” says Vice President and General Manager of 7-Eleven Canada, Norman Hower. “The majority of Canadians would like to escape the cold climate during the winter, so we are excited to provide our 7Rewards registered members with a chance to win a trip to Hawaii.”
Every hot beverage can be fully customized at 7-Eleven’s coffee bar with condiments at no extra charge – making morning coffee runs quick and easy. 7-Eleven’s coffee is made of 100% premium Arabica beans, hand-selected and small-batch roasted in Canada, making a consistent and delicious cup of coffee, every time.
For a chance to win, customers must be registered as a 7Rewards member. Every registered coffee scan is a chance to win 1 of 7 trips to Hawaii. Customers who are not yet a member can enter in-store, download the 7-Eleven app, text KONA to 711247 or sign up at 7-eleven.ca/7rewards/ to get one step closer to winning the grand prize. Click here to learn more about the contest rules.
The Surrey Eats New Years Social at The Clayton Public House
Join Us For THE New Year’s Celebration
The Surrey Eats New Years Social
COCKTAILS + CANAPES
Benefiting The Surrey Food Bank + My Cloverdale Kitchen
PRESENTED by: Z95.3, Robbie Johal + The Clayton Public House
The new year is coming; the party is near.
We are sure looking forward to lots of good cheer.
Get all dressed up in your snazziest best, So you can win the prize + beat out the rest.
We will have the Z95.3 Street Squad, Games, Prizes, Raffles, Giveaways + A prize for the best dressed as voted on by the other party goers! This will be one for the books!
The tickets are $35 (or 4 for $125)/
This includes Canapes all night + a GLASS of FREE Champagne at MIDNIGHT!
Take a picture at our STEP + REPEAT, tag all the participating sponsors and you will get 5 free entries into the BIG PRIZE draw!
Z95.3, Robbie Johal – Clayton’s #1 Realtor, The Clayton Public House, Ultra Digital Printing, Surrey604.
There’s a New Pizzeria in The Neighbourhood…and It’s Inside 7-Eleven Stores Across Canada
7-Eleven launches new lighter, crispier hand panned pizzas – made in
Canada with quality Canadian ingredients.
7-Eleven Canada invites Canadians to visit the new pizzeria in their neighbourhood – featuring hand panned pizzas made with quality Canadian ingredients.
The brand’s newest offering strikes the perfect balance between authentic Italian heritage and Canadian traditions. Knowing that the dough is the most important element to customers, 7-Eleven developed a light and crispy crust made from 100% Canadian wheat using authentic natural sourdough from Puglia, Italy. The dough is then hand-stretched and panned in B.C. to provide the lightness and crispiness reminiscent of an Italian pizzeria.
Quality Canadian ingredients top these flavour-packed pizzas including traditionally slow-dry cured pepperoni from Montreal. Three types of 100% Canadian milk cheeses bring the flavours together, including provolone and parmesan from Ontario and mozzarella from British Columbia.
“Our goal for our new pizza recipes was to provide a quality, delicious pizza hot from our store ovens in minutes 24/7 – or delivered to your home,” explains Norman Hower, VP and GM of 7-Eleven Canada. “The crust is arguably the most important piece of the pie, so we took our time to develop an authentic tasting dough that we knew people would love.”
For the month of December, Canadians are able to sample the new pizzas for free every Friday from 2-4pm! Whether you’re in a crunch for a kid’s party, tomorrow’s breakfast, or craving some late-night munchies, 7-Eleven Canada has you covered with late-night deliveries in over 350 stores and over 410 on December 16. To see if your local store delivers, visit www.7-eleven.ca/delivery.
Province Brands of Canada Inks Deal to Distribute First CBD Beer Nationwide In Ireland
First Step in Opening European Market in 2020
Award-Winning, Cork-Based Barry & Fitzwilliam Named Exclusive Multi-Year Distribution Partner
Province Brands of Canada, a leading researcher in cannabinoid science and the developer of first-of-its-kind luxury beverages powered by cannabis, is excited to announce today the selection of its exclusive distribution partner to bring the first nationally available nonalcoholic CBD beer to the Irish consumer.
Following an extensive search and competition, Province Brands of Canada announced that Barry & Fitzwilliam has been selected as exclusive distributor across the Republic of Ireland for Province Brands of Canada’s superior line of CBD beer in a multi-year relationship between the two firms. Barry & Fitzwilliam is Ireland’s largest independent premium drinks distributor, with a portfolio of more than 120 top-brand beers, wines, and spirits, a commitment to nationwide distribution, and an emphasis on high-level customer care.
“Province Brands of Canada is very excited to be working with the fine team at Barry & Fitzwilliam to bring the first nationally available CBD beer to the Irish consumer,” said Dooma Wendschuh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “Three years ago, we began our journey. To be preparing to bring our first beers to Ireland and to be entering the European market is a breakthrough step for Province Brands of Canada and our approach to research, development, and innovation.”
“Barry & Fitzwilliam is delighted with our new association with Province Brands of Canada,” said Michael Barry, Managing Director of Barry & Fitzwilliam. “Province Brands is at the leading edge of CBD-infused and other cannabis powered beverages internationally and we are excited to be at the forefront with them in Ireland.”
Ireland ranks 6th in the world for beer consumption per capita and the new venture between Province Brands and Barry & Fitzwilliam is expected to begin offering CBD-infused, barley-based, non-alcoholic beverages across Ireland in February 2020.
Holiday Plant-Based Recipes | Celebrity Chef Craig Harding shares untraditional plant-based Thanksgiving Menu
The President’s Choice® Brand Puts a Plant-Based Twist on Beloved Thanksgiving Classics
PC® Test Kitchen teams up with Celebrity Chef Craig Harding to create an untraditional holiday menu, incorporating an exciting new line-up of PC® Plant-Based products
The team at President’s Choice® (PC®) is helping overwhelmed hosts tackle Thanksgiving menu planning with recipe ideas and new plant-based products that will suit any palate, revealing that plant-based meal options may be easier than you think. A recent survey* found that 38 per cent of Canadians are looking to integrate more plant-based foods into their diet, but many Canadians aren’t too sure where to start.
“This weekend, millions of families across the country will be sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast – full of turkey, gravy and stuffing,” says Kathlyne Ross, VP of product development and innovation at Loblaw Companies Limited. “And, at many of those tables, someone will be looking for a non-meat option for dinner. Our expanded line-up of President’s Choice products that are meat and dairy-free will help make plant-based eating easier and more delicious than ever, particularly this holiday weekend.”
To provide much needed support to the almost one-third of Canadians who find it challenging to accommodate guest and family member food preferences during the holidays*, the team at President’s Choice® has collaborated with celebrity Chef Craig Harding to re-imagine festive classics, incorporating an expanded line-up of PC® Plant-Based products. These delicious recipes showcase that creamy soups and dressings, hearty mains and decadent desserts are a possibility for all food lovers around the table:
- Kale, Delicata Squash and Kohlrabi Salad featuring PC® Cucumber and Dill Cashew Dip
- Roasted Celery Root and Pear Soup with Red Pepper and Cashew Crostini featuring PC® Plant-Based Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Dip and PC® Dairy-free Kefir Probiotic Fermented Coconut Milk
- Mushroom and Chickenless Chicken Wellington featuring PC® Plant-Based Chickenless Breasts with Vegan Charred Gravy
- Citrus Roasted Heirloom Carrots and Avocado with Toasted Togarashi Seed and Nut Blend on a bed of PC® Organics Roasted Garlic Hummus
- Vegan Tiramisu featuring PC® Dairy-Free Plain Cultured Coconut Milk Probiotic Yogurt Alternative and PC® Dairy-Free Kefir Probiotic Fermented Coconut Milk
“Plant-based cooking doesn’t need to be overwhelming, especially with all of the newest options available right at the grocery store that will help food lovers reinvent their holiday favourites,” says Chef Craig Harding, executive chef and owner at La Palma and Constantine in Toronto. “Taking some of my favourite recipes and putting a plant-based twist on them was incredibly easy, especially with the broad range of PC® Plant-Based products.”
As Canadians plan their menus for a busy season of holiday entertaining, the PC® brand is stocking shelves with new additions to the quickly growing PC® Plant-Based line-up of products. To make the PC® Plant-Based products easily identifiable, the line’s unique branding includes a clearly marked Plant-Based logo. Plant-based products will be dispersed throughout the store, alongside traditional products reinforcing the PC® brand’s commitment to offering Canadians variety when it comes to grocery shopping for items that suit their lifestyle and dietary preferences.
PC® Plant-Based products are now available at Loblaw stores across Canada, including Loblaws®, No Frills®, and Real Canadian Superstore®.
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