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Bringing together all the key players in Canada's organic industry to ensure excellent standards and regulations that stimulate the growth of Canada's organic sector, which is good for the environment, the consumer, family farms and rural communities.

Of particular interest

Date: September 19, 2019
Titre: The public review of the Organic Standards
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Ten days left before sending your comments!

 

Launched in July 2019, the public review will close September 30. Please submit your comments!

 

Important notification about the Permitted Substances Lists:

Please note that the annotations for Amino Acids (table 5.2) and Vaccines (table 5.3) have been corrected from the previous circulated drafts to reflect the exact modifications recommended by the Technical Committee.


The links are:

CAN/CGSB-32.310 Organic Production Systems: General Principles and Management Standards –


- with tracked changes


- click here - clean version of 32.310


CAN/CGSB-32.311 Organic Production Systems: Permitted Substances Lists (PSL)


- with tracked changes


- click here -clean version of 32.311

 

You have to present your comments on the Canadian General Standards Board form  and send the form at this email address Mark.Schuessler@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

 

Changes inserted in the standards themselves will not be accepted.


Please be clear and concise and submit your comment by September 30, 2019.

Date: July 3, 2019
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards
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The public review has now started!


The Canadian General Standards Board is looking for your feedback!

 

Farmers, processors, consumers and others are invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the Standard.Deadline is September 30, 2019
 

The standards with the proposed amendments are presented in two versions: 

 

- with tracked changes (suggested deletions are crossed out and additions are underlined)

 

 

- clean version (as if the proposed changes have been accepted)

 

 

All comments have to be submitted on the form provided by CGSB and sent at Mark.Schuessler@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

 

Click here to download the form.

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Date: June 21, 2019
Titre: InfoBio June 2019
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Standard Interpretation

New public comment - from June 21 to July 2019

 

• Does the term “farm, company or organization” included within 3.41 definition of an operation encompass separate and distinct divisions of one overall food conglomerate, each division having a separate business name, management and geographical location for crop production?

 

• If ketoprofen is used therapeutically, is there a withdrawal period?

 

• For detergents listed in CAN/CGSB-32.311 Table 7.4, is the OECD biodegradable definition in test 310 considered as equivalent to the biodegradable definition under CAN/CGSB-32.310 section 3.10?

 

and many other questions.

Click here to read and submit comments

 

 

                           

Review of the Canadian Organic Standards
Minister Bibeau announces the coming launch of the public consultation

Click here to read InfoBio

Date: May 24, 2019
Titre: InfoBio May 2019
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The review of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Public Comment will be launched soon

 

The Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture held its last meeting Thursday May 16th, a three-hour teleconference during which some critical issues, such as parallel production, outdoor access for poultry, calculation of the percentage of organic ingredients in processed products composed of liquid and solid ingredients, and permitted substances in crop production, were discussed.


Launched in September 2018, the review process will now enter a new phase: the public comment period during which all stakeholders and the public will have the opportunity to issue comments on the proposed modifications to the Canadian Organic Standards. 

Stay tuned! It will be your turn to comment!

 

Meet with the scientists

of the Organic Science Cluster 3

 

The OFC is pleased to present the researchers who lead the research activities of the Organic Science Cluster 3 while underlining the very special contribution of the five researchers who have also participated to the Organic Science Clusters 1 (2009-2013) and II (2013-2018).

 

CLICK HERE TO READ INFOBIO

Date: April 19, 2019
Titre: InfoBio April 2019
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The Organic Federation of Canada will hold its

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 24th2019, from 1:00 to 2:30 EST
By teleconference, toll-free from anywhere in Canada

Please join us!
To consult the agenda, click here!

 

 

Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

Public comment period –April 18th to May 18th 2019

• When calculating the 36-month transition period, does it begin on the date that a prohibited GE crop was last sown? Or last harvested?

 

• 5.5.1 states "Animal manure produced on the operation shall be used first." If the operation raises non-organic animals, should this manure be used first before the operation attempts to source organic animal manure from off-farm?

 

• Does each component (e.g. surfactant, chelating agent, enzyme, and dispersant) of a detergent need to be assessed individually for its biodegradability?
… and many other questions.


Click here to read and submit 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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