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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: January 15, 2020
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards
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Work continues on the revision of the Standard

 

The OFC is pleased to report on the key changes presented to the Technical Committee December 18, 2019 and resulting from the comments submitted during the 90-day public consultation on the proposed changes to the Canada Organic Standard held in the summer of 2020.

 

Click here  to read the report.

 

Looking forward to spring?

 

Support the review of the Canadian Organic Standards
so that when summertime comes,
you can devour organic strawberries grown according to
the Organic Standard!

 

Click here

to support the review and to have your name added
to our list of generous sponsors!

 

Date: December 19, 2019
Titre: Happy holidays
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Date: December 13, 2019
Titre: The Organic Standard is everyone's business!
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Support the review of the ecological practices
that define and guide our industry by contributing to the OFC fundraising campaign!

 

Funding target: $40,000

We will be happy to add your name
to the list of our dedicated sponsors!

 

 Canadian Health Food Association

Chicken Farmers of Canada

Egg Farmers of Canada

Grain Millers

Dairy Farmers of Canada

QAI

Creative Salmon

Canadian Organic Growers

Ash Street Organics

Alberta Organic Producers Association

 

Read more aobut the review

Date: December 2, 2019
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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New public comment period
from December 2, 2019 to January 13, 2020

 

• What is the difference between outdoor pastures and outdoor areas?


• Is non-organic sugar permitted as a regular food source for bees that produce organic honey?


• Can bark or forestry by-products alone fulfill the 10% compost criteria for greenhouse container growing?


• If tests demonstrate acceptable levels of heavy metals, foreign matter and human pathogens, as specified in Guidelines for Compost Quality, is compost made from Municipal Source Separated Organic (SSO) household waste, which is composed mainly of vegetal and animal origin but could contain some coloured newsprint (added to household containers to absorb moisture and odors), and possibly other prohibited substances, permitted?


... and many other questions submitted to public comment.

 

Click here to read the Questions and answers submitted by the SIC

Click here to read the report from the last public comment period.

Date: October 29, 2019
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards
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The many comments discussed by the working groups

Revising the Canadian Organic Standard has become aa source of passion for many: the OFC received 706 comments during the three-month public consultation which ended on September 30.

 

 

Support the review of ecological practices
that define and guide our industry!

The Organic Standard is everyone's business!

The OFC is launching a fundraising campaign to continue the revision work

Funding target: $40,000

 

Read more

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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