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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: June 9, 2014
Titre: InfoBio June 2014
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Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

New Comment Period - June 4 to August 4 2014

What are the restrictions to the offspring if a non-organic animal is bred using embryo transfer and brought onto an organic farm?

 

Is the use of a microwave oven in organic food preparation compliant with the Standard?

 

Does the prohibition against using both the organic and non-organic form of an ingredient (8.2.5) apply to different varieties of grapes used in a wine, or different flours (e.g. barley and wheat) used to bake a single bread?

 

Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.

 

On InfoBio

  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards - Calendar and pace of work in compliance with approved project by AAFC
  • An interview with Jenny Hillard - from the Consumer Interest Alliance
  • Intraprovincial organic market now regulated in New-Brunswick
  • Adopting organic agriculture to prevent antimicrobial resistance

Read more

Date: May 27, 2014
Titre: Review of the Organic Standards
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A report on the 13th meeting  of the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture

From April 13-16, 2014, the Canadian Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture met to analyze recommendations proposed for by the Working Groups responsible for the review of the Canadian Organic Standards.

 

Click here to read the main recommendations that the Canadian organic sector will soon be requested to comment when the Canadian General Standards Board will consult Canadian stakeholders and launch the first public comment period of the COS review.

 

Date: April 15, 2014
Titre: InfoBio April 2014
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  • Second Technical Committee meeting - Vancouver, April 14th-16th, 2014
  • Interview with Anne Macey
  • Organic Certification for Small-Scale Operations
  • Two million organic farmers
  • Forage Genetics International (FGI) has decided not to begin selling herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring
  • Organic branding - The “Think before you eat” campaign
  • Standards Interpretation Committee -  Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

Clik here to read InfoBio April 2014

Date: March 5, 2014
Titre: New Comment Period - Standards Interpretation Commitee
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  • Are electric trainers allowed to manage animals in tie-stalls?
  • Can organic and conventional sprouts be produced in the same facility if grown in visually distinguishable containers?
  • Can acetic acid be used for acidifying drinking water for animals?

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides interpretive guidance to the Canada Organic Office on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311). 

 

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 60-day comment period from March 5th to May 7th 2014
All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

 

Archives - Final Questions and Answers
All final questions and answers will be posted on the OFC website (as a pdf).

Date: February 26, 2014
Titre: InfioBio - OFC AGM
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• Upcoming public review after the second Technical Committee meeting

• An interview with Ward Middleton, President of Organic Alberta

• Draft organic regulations under public review in New Brunswick

• Two Canadian CVBs show their lists

• USDA opens a comment period on the coexistence of organic, conventional and GM crops

The Organic Federation of Canada will hold its AGM in Barrhead - Agenda

Click here to 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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