Organic Products and Foods

Even foods considered healthy may in fact be unsafe due to the use of many synthetic products, such as pesticides. Fortunately, it is possible to avoid them by focusing on organic foods and products.

The Dangers of Industrial Culture

Dangerous pesticides are found in foods that thousands of Quebecers buy every day at the supermarket. A number of studies establish the link between exposure to pesticides and certain diseases among humans.1.

The Canadian Cancer Society suggests minimizing our exposure to pesticides as much as possible. One way to achieve that is to choose organic foods, even if it sometimes means paying a little more. Note that a “natural” food is not necessarily organic.

The Health Benefits of Organic

To be certified organic in Quebec, foods must be produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or transgenic seeds. Is it enough to wash or peel fruits and vegetables to eliminate the health risks?

The answer is no. Although it is always better to wash fruits and vegetables in water to remove soluble pesticides, many harmful residues remain. In addition, certain foods, such as strawberries or lettuce, simply cannot be peeled.2

LAs for foods from livestock, such as meat and eggs, certification assures you that no antibiotics or growth hormones were used in the animal's feed.

In terms of processed foods, such as organically-certified pasta, you can be sure that they contain neither artificial colours, nor flavours, nor synthetic additives. They are also free from synthetic preservatives and were not subjected to irradiation for preservation.

Where to Get Organic Food

A number of options are available to you. Our site,, gives you access to many farms in your region, wherever you live in Quebec. It also gives you access to farms of the Équiterre Equiterre network, which offer a flexible formula and are all certified – or in the process of being certified - organic. Just check theÉquiterre website for the nearest delivery point.

Another excellent way to control what you consume is to cultivate your own garden during the summertime. It may be more difficult in an urban setting, but there are other interesting avenues, such as urban greenhouses.

The first commercial rooftop greenhouse, Lufa, was established in Montreal in 2011; its mission is to grow food in the most responsible way possible in the neighbourhood where people live. It is important to underline that these farms are not certified organic because they use the hydroponics technique; at the same time, they use no pesticides.3.

Supermarkets also offer small, certified-organic sections. For more choice, there are specialty grocers such as Rachelle-Bery (Montreal) or Le Crak (Quebec City). The advantage is that you can also buy other organic products, such as laundry detergent or dish soap.

If you are the owner of a natural farm in Quebec and you would like to be listed on this website in order to promote your products for sale to the public, do not hesitate to contact us; our services are free.