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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: August 14, 2020
Titre: Countdown to the publication of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards
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A weekly teaser explaining revised text

 

Overhead cover for shade and protection and enriched verandahs as playgrounds for laying hens

 

Organic Science Cluster 3

Discover the science behind organic farming, one podcast at a time

 

The podcast Organic Science Conversations gives farmers a chance to hear the scientists talk passionately about their research and its significance for Canadian agriculture.

 

The podcast of the week - Flower Power - Attracting pollinators and beneficials in field crops

 

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Date: August 4, 2020
Titre: Strengthening the Foundation of Organics in Canada
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All across Canada, in fields and barns, laboratories and market gardens, people are conducting research on organic farming methods. And not just scientists.

 

More than 150 organic farmers and 79 researchers from 22 universities and 14 government research stations are engaged in the Organic Science Cluster 3 (OSC3).

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Date: July 9, 2020
Titre: Organic Science Cluster 3
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The Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) and 
the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (Dalhousie University),
are proud to present the Spring 2020 edition of
Organic Science Canada!

 

 

The magazine provides an overview of the latest advancements in organic research and innovation from the national Organic Science Cluster.

Click here to read Organic Science Canada

Date: June 10, 2020
Titre: InfoBio June 2020
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Revision of the Canadian Organic Standards

No negative vote, but many comments

Members of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture have all voted YES! The draft of the Canadian Organic Standards submitted to the vote will therefore be referenced by the Canadian Food Safety Regulations when it is published by CGSB this fall.

 

Organic Cluster researchers are sharing their knowledge!

Podcasts and webinars to popularize research

 

An Interim Equivalency Agreement between Canada and Taiwan in force since May 30, 2020

 

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Date: May 4, 2020
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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New Comment period – May 1 to May 30, 2020

If an owner owns two operations, where one is organic and the other conventional, does 5.1.3 and 5.1.4 apply to the non-organic operation?

 

Regarding the 'vegetable matter' element in requirement for poultry and pork (6.4.3 j)

a) is organic vegetable matter required?
b) would non-cereal grains (soybean, flax, corn) count as vegetable matter?
c) would straw and seed cleanings count?
d) would a grassed access area count?

 

Can hydrogen peroxide that is used to treat drinking water for humans but is not necessarily rated 'food-grade' be used to treat livestock drinking water? The hydrogen peroxide annotation in PSL table 5.3 stipulates "food-grade" is required.


Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 30-day comment period from May 1 to May 30, 2020.

 

All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

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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