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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 23, 2013
Titre: Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards
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Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

Under the Canadian Organic Standards, can commercial or logistical challenges outside the operator's control? (e.g. a shipment held up by border inspection) be included in the definition of catastrophic circumstances?

 

Is the space requirement for cattle (6.8.8) the same for all breeds or can an adjustment be made for smaller animals such as Jerseys?

 

In 8.2 of the Standard, what does the term "constituent of an ingredient" mean?

 

Click here to consult the proposed answers to the various questions (also attached), raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.

The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period starting January 23rd  and closing March 22nd 2013. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

 

Archives - Final Questions and Answers
All final questions and answers are posted on OFC website (as pdf); the COO website will be updated soon.

Date: December 20, 2012
Titre: Canada and Switzerland Reach an Equivalency Agreement
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Canada and Switzerland concluded an Organic Equivalency Agreement .

Click here to read more.

Date: December 19, 2012
Titre: InfoBio December 2012
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  • GE Alfalfa - Not Commercialized Yet but the Organic Sector is not Reassured
  • The Union des producteurs agricoles rejects GM Alfalfa
  • OFC AGM in Vernon in February 2013
  • The Organic Science Cluster II: Work in Progress
  • National Brand Name Directory Project underway
  • Q&As from last Comment Period transferred to Archives
  • Pesticide Residues - Should Organic be Tested?
  • Happy holiday!

Click here to read more!

Date: November 14, 2012
Titre: InfoBio November 2012
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Ms. Rola Yehia replaces Michel Saumur as COO National Manager

 

Q&A’s related to Canadian Organic Standards now open for comment

 

Statistics Canada to be reminded of the organic sector’s needs

 

The Low Level Presence (LLP) Policy is back to consultation

 

Updated Version of Quebec “Manuel des Intrants” on line

 

NOP Introduces Mandatory Pesticide Residues Testing

 

A troubling 3 minute film to watch

Click here to learn more

Date: November 9, 2012
Titre: OFC Celebrates its 5th Anniversary
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OFC was officially launched in October 2007!

Ted Zettel, President of OFC, comments that time flies when you’re having fun!  He adds that the organic sector is still growing and gaining recognition as a success story within the food system – one that is here to stay.  "We have a long road ahead of us and need to continue to work hard to protect what we’ve accomplished."

 

To highlight OFC 5th anniversary, we are posting some of the best articles and communication prepared by OFC during these years.
The posters, interviews, articles and films describe the Canadian organic sector issues, challenges and successes. Lets hope that the next assessment in 5 years from now will show a continued growth of the organic production and consumption.

 

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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