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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: April 15, 2014
Titre: InfoBio April 2014
accroche:
  • 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
accroche:
  • 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
accroche:

• 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.

Date: February 3, 2014
Titre: InfoBio February 2014
accroche:

Headlines

  •   Q&A on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards
  •   Organic sector invited to submit requests for modifications to the Canadian Organic  Standards (COS)
  •   Survey - Organic Certification for Small-Scale Operations
  •   Monsanto promises not to sue farmers for inadvertent contamination
  •   Pesticide residues: the organic industry blamed for contamination caused by agrochemical agriculture?
  • Agenda - OFC AGM February 28 2014, Barrhead AB

  Click here to read more.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Date: January 30, 2014
Titre: Survey - Organic Certification for Small-Scale Operations
accroche:

 

Why organic businesses do and don't certify?

Are there ways that organic certification could be designed that would serve better small scale operations?

Would your business benefit from being certified organic?

 

A Working Group, the Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification, has been mandated by OFC to identify the barriers to certification and come up with proposals to create a certification process that is workable and attractive to small local organic farmers and businesses.

 

We invite you to help us by answering the questions of our survey: click here to reach the survey and let us what you think and what you propose.

 

Please contact Tony McQuail - mcqufarm@hurontel.on.ca if you have questions -

Thanks!

 

 

 

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
Body:

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
Body:
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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