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Date: August 27, 2016
Titre: Public review - Amendment to the Canadian Organic Standards
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All organic producers and processors are invited to comment
the proposed modifications before September 25 2016

 

In order to clarify the scope of some clauses or to make them compatible with the practices of the industry, modifications are proposed to the two Canadian Organic Standards, CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015 – Organic Production Systems– General Principles and Management Standards and CAN/CGSB-32.311-2015 – Organic Production Systems – Permitted Substances Lists, published November 25th 2015.

 

The sector is invited to comment these proposed modifications under the public review coordinated by the Canadian General Standards Board which will run from August 26 to September 25 2016.

 

To consult the 2016 amended draft, click on the following links:
General Principles and Management Standards
• Permitted Substances Lists

 

The CGSB Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture will meet September 27 2016 in order to analyze the proposed modifications taking into account comments issued by the stakeholders and the public.

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Date: July 4, 2016
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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Questions and Answers Regarding National Standards for Organic Agriculture

 

Public Comment Period – July 4 to August 4 2016

 

  • How should the note in 5.2.2 on isolation distances for preventing GE contamination be used in the enforcement of 5.2.2 d)?
  • Under what circumstances can a dairy operation use non organic feed?
  • Is parallel production in livestock prohibited?

.... and many other questions

 

The Standards Interpretation Committee submits new questions & answers to public consultation.

 

Click here to consult the proposed answers by the SIC and submit your comments.

Date: June 21, 2016
Titre: InfoBio - OFC Newsletter
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o Aquaponics – an organic production system?
o Preparations well underway for the 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference!
o Organic research in Canada involves the producers and the researchers
o Organic evidence at the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
o The State of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector
o Crop rotation and cover crops would help preventing the creation of the Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’

Click here to read InfoBio - June 21 2016

Date: May 25, 2016
Titre: OFC Blog
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Aquaponics – an organic production system?

 

Aquaponics combines aquaculture with the cultivation of plants in a symbiotic relationship.

Does organic lettuce grown in water in symbiosis with cultured fish meet organic consumer expectations? 

Is aquaponics different from hydroponics?

 

Click here to comment!

Date: May 4, 2016
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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Questions and Answers Regarding National
Standards for Organic Agriculture

 

Public Comment Period – May 5 to June 6 2016

  • Are the seeds used to grow green manure crops, intended for incorporation into the soil, required to be organic?
  • How far and under what circumstances may the 3,000 m. buffer zone around organic apiaries be reduced?
  • Is colloidal silver allowed for use in livestock health care?

The Standards Interpretation Committee submits new questions & answers to public consultation.

 

Click here to consult the proposed answers by the SIC and submit your comments.

Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee answers your questions.

 

Click here to see the answers provided by the Committee to questions raised by the organic sector.

 

Do you want to address a question to the Committee? Follow the link.

Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

OrganicInputs.ca

OFC has launched the Canadian Organic Inputs Directory (COID).

Visit the site now and give it a try!

Manufacturers of inputs suitable for organic agriculture can contact us to find out how to get their product listed.

The Canadian Organic Input Directory is being administered by Peppersoft Inc.

(A French version of the site is coming soon)

On our blog

Date: October 30, 2014
Title: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY: THE PERSPECTIVE OF SMALL-SCALE ORGANIC FARMERS
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Local + organic -  A win-win situation for growers, consumers and the environment.

Small-scale organic farmers represent the face of the Canadian organic industry—at the farmers’ market, CSA drop-off and at the restaurant back door. Many of these farmers, however, are not certified organic.

 

The Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification has drafted two organic certification models that aim to be attainable for a small-scale producer focusing mainly on direct sales (farm-gate, CSA, farmer’s market, etc.): the Peer Certification Model and the Organic Affidavit model. 

 

What do you perceive to be the strengths and/or weaknesses of these models? Which would be more appropriate for your farm?  Should either model include random third-party inspections—and if so, to what extent?

Share your perspective on OFC's Blog!

Date: September 28, 2012
Title: PROTECT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
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How to Prevent and Manage
GMO Contamination Risks

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.

 

Do you have GMO contamination issues or concerns on your own organic operation? What would help you prevent and mitigate GMO contamination?
The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts.

 

 

Let us know what you think should be the next step taken to help protect the integrity of organic products and Canada’s pristine natural environments!

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