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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: October 19, 2012
Titre: InfoBio October 2012
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Updates on Organic Trade Agreements

 

Some 100 Research Projects Submitted to OACC

 

Standards Interpretation Committee:

         Call for nominations

         Open Comment Period: New Answers to Questions

         Submitted                                             

 

Organic Olympics: No Medal for Canada

 

Click here for details

 

 

Date: October 10, 2012
Titre: SIC Nominations and Public Comment Period
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SIC - Call for Nominations

The Canada Organic Office, in cooperation with the Organic Federation of Canada, has established a permanent system for interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standard, the Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) being an important element of this system.  

 

The terms of three committee members are ending in December 2012 and you are invited to submit nominations for these three positions. Click here to know how to submit your nominations.

 

We will accept nominations until November 9th 2012.

Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

How should the minimum buffer zone be measured in an orchard? Can green char be used in organic agriculture? Can livestock feed harvested from the buffer zones around organic cropland be fed to livestock in transition to organic?

 

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 October 4th and closing December 3rd 2012. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

Date: September 28, 2012
Titre: ORGANIC FRIDAY
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PROTECT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.

 

The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts!

 

Date: September 27, 2012
Titre: ORGANIC THURSDAY
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INDUSTRY & SCIENTISTS WORK TOGETHER

Meeting with an industry partner of the Organic Science Cluster and
Interview with Andy Hammermeister
Click here to read more

 

Date: September 26, 2012
Titre: ORGANIC WEDNESDAY
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ORGANIC WEDNESDAY

Meet with the OFC Directors to hear about their training and challenges.
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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