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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: May 24, 2013
Titre: InfoBio May 2013
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  • Canadian Organic Standards Review - Working Groups back to work!
  • Manitoba proclaims Organic Agricultural Products Act
  • Canada and Quebec Governments Inaugurate the Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture
  • Organic publicity on TV in Italy -Bringing an audience less attentive to these issues

Click here to read more

Date: April 23, 2013
Titre: InfoBio April 2013
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  • The News about the Canadian Organic Standards
  • Antimicrobial resistance is on the increase, confirms Quebec Ministry of Agriculture
  • Organic agriculture promoted in Quebec newspapers
  • The Organic Science Cluster II proposal has been submitted
  • Larry Black celebrates a century of farming with his family
  • Flies raised on diets made from organically grown produce had greater fertility and longevity
  • Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa, April 9, is a great success        To read more, click here...
Date: March 25, 2013
Titre: Questions and Answers Regarding National Standards for Organic Agriculture
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Does any use of a prohibited substance within 3000 meters of an apiary automatically disqualify the honey from achieving compliance with the Standard?

 

Can stevia be used as a sweetener in organic products? Is non-organic stevia admissible under the 5% non-organic ingredients rule?

 

Does the Standard require that processing aids in the production of non-organic ingredients be listed on Table 6.6 PSL?

 

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

 

The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period starting March 25th to May 24th    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).

Date: March 11, 2013
Titre: The GMO File
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An Interview with Gilles-Éric Séralini

Transparency, transparency, transparency:

Séralini pleads for long-term studies to be done with livestock as the GMO effects that were obvious in rats after two years may only be observable after two decades in cattle. To read the full interview, click here.

Date: February 15, 2013
Titre: InfoBio February 2013
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  • OFC AGM in Vernon - An organic meeting for organic people
  • The Acvitivty Reports of OFC Members - click
  • The COABC commemorates its 20th anniversary
  • Organic Alberta is holding its conference February 26 & 27 at Olds College, Olds, Ab.
  • Standards Interpretation Committee - Current Q&As under comment period

Click here to read InfoBio

 

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
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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