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Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 2010 takes centre stage at the Palais de Congrés this weekend

Highlights from years past
Highlights from years past

The 13th edition of the Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 2010 will begin its three-day run at Montreal’s Palais des Congrés starting this Friday, March 19, 2010. The primary mission of the trade show is to promote healthy eating habits & the overall effects of our lifestyle choices on our health and the environment. Last year’s show generated more than 22,000 attendees, figure organizers are expecting to surpass this year.  Its major partners include Bio-Vert, the ecological cleaning products maker, Clef des Champs, a local organic herbs and spices producer, gourmet brand and restauranteur icon Commensal, natural supplements manufacturer NOW and organic soy and rice beverage producer Natura. The main partner is probiotics manufacturer Bio-K.

In North America and Australia, a food product has to have at least 95% of the total plant and animal ingredients to be considered organic. Pesticides are allowed so long as they are not synthetic. Organic food products cost on average 10 to 40% more than similar conventionally produced products. A UK study has indicated that “No food has higher amounts of beneficial minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins than organic food”. Organic farming also uses much less energy than conventional agriculture, mostly because it doesn’t use nitrogen fertilizer. (Rodale Institute)

Canadian organic food sales surpassed $1 billion in 2006, accounting for 0.9% of our nation’s food sales. Organic food sales by grocery stores were 28% higher in 2006 than in 2005. (Organic Agriculture Center of Canada) British Columbians by far are the largest consumers of organic food, accounting for 26% of the organic food sold in Canada in 2006.

On the world stage, organic food sales jumped from US $23 billion in 2002 to $52 billion in 2008. (Organic Monitor 2002, Datamonitor) The world organic market has been growing by 20% a year since the early 1990s, with future growth estimates ranging from 10%–50% annually depending on the country.
So if you have some free time this weekend, you might want to spend some time at the Palais des Congrés and educate yourself about subjects which could prolong your life  as well as the planet's.