You know our dehydrated vegetable crackers – the [RÉMIS] – are certified organic by Québec Vrai. You can see the certification on our packaging and our advertisements.
This certification has been granted to us and will be kept so long as we maintain a complete administrative and agricultural traceability system proving that our raw material suppliers (for fruits, vegetables, seeds, etc.) also possess an organic certification.
That being said, we are often asked where the ingredients making our raw vegetable bites come from, and whether we encourage local suppliers.
The answer is simple : Locally… as much as possible. Even though the answer is simple for us, we’ll clarify this here.
As you must suspect, the organic produce market is soaring, in Québec and in the rest of Canada. Since 2010, our country is among the biggest organic produce markets of the world. Québec, in itself, is about 10% of the entire Canadian market.
In a recent analysis (March 2019) published by the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), “organic produce importations exist within a context where the demand for such produce is rapidly growing in Québec. The speed at which this demand is growing is a challenge and an opportunity for the producers of the province. However, the climate of Canada does limit the range of varieties of the local organic produce supply, as is the case for local produce in general.”
In summary, it is relatively easy to get a local supply of organic produce during the harvest season, but it is much more difficult to get such a supply in winter and in spring. Still, we do keep some local produce within our refrigerated rooms, like apples and beets, which can be used all the way until late spring. However, you’ll understand that some organic produce has to be imported during some times of the year.
The MAPAQ analysis also reveals that the price of imported organic produce is higher than their standard counterparts. The price difference can vary up to 50% for some produce, including a majority of vegetables. Still, we value healthy eating, and rest assured that our desire to produce organic foods is here to stay.
Let’s remind that the basic principles of organic vegetable agriculture outlaw the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides as well as the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
123 Santé – J’aime mon équilibre!’s vision is to work as much as possible with local, organic producers. The fruits, vegetables and seeds we use in our products are imported from outside our country only when there is no available local supply. This is proof that we take encouraging our local producers to heart.
May our [RÉMIS] be with you!
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