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According to EatRight Ontario, food that is grown without chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers is considered to be organic. When products such as fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products hit the grocery store shelves, Health Canada requires that they must have equal to or greater than 95 percent organic content to be labeled as organic. The product must be certified and the name of the certifying body must appear on the label.
“Organic foods became much more popular when food-born illnesses such as mad cow disease and e-coli started to make headlines," Coulson says. It was a way to reassure the public that the foods they were eating were as healthy as possible.
Though Health Canada does not have a standard definition of what a natural product is, it does imply that they are foods that are minimally processed and do not contain manufactured ingredients. One of the most well known natural products is sugar. The Canadian Sugar Institute explains that sugar, also known as sucrose, may be described as natural because it exists in nature and the refining process does not alter the physical, chemical or biological make-up and it’s free of artificial and synthetic ingredients.