Newfoundland Needs Better Food!

Cattle feed & Compost...
Yup that's the extent of supermarket food in Newfoundland.


It never ceases to amaze me the number of people corralling through the supermarket wallowing through the chemical stench of fabric softeners and perfumes of the big box stores filling their carts with 50% off logs of stomach cancer bologna and partially composed pesticide laden foods...Happy as a lark.

With the state of our health care and the fact that this province has the highest death rates in the country for heart attacks, strokes, and colorectal cancer, do anyone stop and think that food is our medicine?

Come on people, who want's to pay good money to eat crap?
 If you want quality foods - Know the right questions to ask!

Due to the short growing season here and dwindling organic local farms, myself and some family members routinely scour all the St. John's and surrounding area supermarkets looking for quality certified organic products. Each time we go shopping we ask store managers and staff about getting more organic products.

Recently I have been confronting store personnel about products they are claiming to be organic and are selling in organic sections when they are not organic.

Now first let me say do not get discouraged by this as there are some organic products available, you just have to read the labels yourself and not trust the store staff to know what is organic and what is not.

After hearing random shoppers say "don't buy that organic stuff" I think there is actually still a need in Newfoundland for organic education...Listen people organic is real food...Food grown without sewer sludge, without chemical pesticides and without genetic modification. Everything else can be contaminated with who the heck knows what. So if you want to eat the least contaminated food possible...Buy organic.

Just to let you know, Dominion Stores do not, at this time, carry any organic eggs. The organic section carries a brand of eggs but these eggs are not organic, they are antibiotic free but are still fed commercial feed which can contaminate the eggs with GMO's and pesticides. Store staff are selling these eggs as organic and you are paying for a lower quality. Again look for "Certified Organic" on the label to be sure you are getting exactly what you want.

Some of the Sobey's stores do carry organic eggs. They are in a clear plastic carton marked with a green circle and state "Organic" with certification written on the label.

When asking for organic meats, many store staff will happliy tell you they have organic meat and point you to "Free From" Meats. While slightly better than standard grocery store meats, "FREE FROM" meats and poultry are still not organic. Free from just means the animal is not fed feed with antibiotics in it. The animal still may not see the light of day and is fed feeds with genetically modified and pesticide sprayed ingredients in them...Don't settle for simply "Free From" - Demand organic meats and be armed with this knowledge the next time you go grocery shopping.

If you are unsure about the food you are getting here are some questions to ask:

For meats, poultry & eggs:

Is this meat/poultry/eggs from animals raised on pasture?
Are they fed grain? If yes, ask is it certified organic grain?
If the feed is not organic, the feed will most likely contain pesticides & genetically modified corn and soy.

FREE RUN VS FREE RANGE: Free run means the animal is not caged but is barn raised often in crowded conditions. Free range or pasture raised means the animal is raised outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Animals generally will have access to feed which may contain genetically modified ingredients so you need to ask.



For fruits and vegetables:


My mother was told by a manager in one of the Dominion Stores that we are getting "animal grade" produce here in NL because we do not demand better!

Look for a sticker that says "certified organic" or at the very least "grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides"

LOCAL does not necessarily mean "good clean food". I know of a local farm that has a tremendously booming business yet they are far from organic or healthy. They have locally grown produce that is routinely sprayed with synthetic pesticides and grow genetically modified corn yet people flock to this place to buy believing that they are buying healthy food.

We are so far behind the rest of Canada when it comes to healthy food that it is moronic!



Questions to ask EACH TIME you visit your supermarket:


Can you source certified organic eggs?
Can you source "free range" certified organic meats and poultry?
Can you bring in a larger variety of certified organic fruits, berries and vegetables?

Sometimes you will see a product that states "made with organic ingredients". Please read the labels. Oftentimes "some" of the ingredients are organic while other ingredients in the same product are not.

Question store personnel. They will often tell you something is organic when it is not. Don't be fooled next time you buy- know which questions to ask and please read ALL the ingredients.

Ultimately we are responsible for our health and if you continue to eat chemical laden foods and genetically modified organisms you will eventually suffer the consequences...Ever think this could be one of the reasons Newfoundlanders are so sick?

Even many who do not wish to consume chemicals are unknowingly doing so because they are not reading labels and asking the right questions. Arm yourself with this information the next time you shop to ensure you get exactly what you are expecting.

You can even determine a lot from your produce bar code labels. Read those tiny stickers because they actually hold a lot of information in those numbers.

Conventional produce, grown on farms that use synthetic chemical insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers and possibly genetically modified carry a four-digit sticker beginning with the number 4 or 3 ... (4123 or 3123)

Organic produce, grown and inspected to be free from chemical pesticide and naturally grown without GMO's are generally 5 digit and always begin with the number 9. (94123)

Known Genetically Engineered (GE) produce may have a five-digit sticker beginning with the number 8. (84123) (conventional produce can also contain GMO's so the only safe route to avoid engineered foods is organic)

And one more thing, If you do buy foods only to realize the quality is not up to standard, keep it in your fridge or freezer until the next time you shop and bring it back for a refund.

Even a partial bag of rotten apples can be returned....Who wants three or four bad apples in a bag? Do you really deserve to pay for that? Returning inferior foods will register the return in the store system and you will be helping to get better quality foods in this province and saving yourself money. Demand with dollars - don't throw away inferior food, bring it back!

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For those landing on this page looking for Organic Beef in Newfoundland because of the recent Groupons from Newfoundland Food Distributors, please see my opinion here. While Stan Tobin is the only local farmer who raises his cattle on certified organic pastures and he may sell some to Newfoundland Food Distributors, I do not trust that it is processed organically, their sausage contains non-organic corn which is likely to contain GMO's and they admittedly purchase from "several" beef farmers.  My fear is that they are using Mr. Tobin's certification to pass off all their beef as organic.



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