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Of particular interest

Date: June 26, 2012
Titre: InfoBio June 2012
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CFIA signs with OFC a contract for the management of the Standards Interpretation Committee with the option to extend its term by up to 3 additional years

 

Establishment of research priorities underway for the Organic Science Cluster

 

Why organic? Because beekeepers are worried neo-nicotinoid pesticides -- used extensively on corn crops – are linked to the poisonings of the bees

 

Summer reading & viewing

 

Click on InfoBio June 2012 to read more

Date: June 19, 2012
Titre: REMINDER - 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

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

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

 

The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period starting May 10th and closing July 10th 2012.
All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

 

Commented Questions and Answers

The Canada Organic Office has received comments about some of the answers posted under the public comment period ending January 30th 2012; the Standards Interpretation Committee considered all comments and, when appropriate, revised these answers. In some cases, comments did not result in a change in the Q&As.

 

Click here  to consult the complete list of the commented and/or revised Questions and Answers (also attached). These Q&As are final and not subject to further comments; they are already integrated into the final Q&As under OFC website and will be posted soon on the COO website.

 

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: May 28, 2012
Titre: InfoBio May 2012
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Headlines

About the Standards Interpretation Committee:

  • 2012-2013 Budget allocated by CFIA
  • Reminder: Questions & Answers under public comment period
  • Guidelines on how to address a question to the SIC

 

Organic Value Chain Round Table - Government and organic sector industry representatives met May 7-8

 

OACC creates producer/researcher partnership

 

Organic Aquaculture Standards published

 

CBAN campaigns against GM apples

To read more, click on InfoBio May 2012

Date: May 10, 2012
Titre: New and Commented Questions and Answers - Standards Interpretation Committee
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New Questions and Answers - SIC

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

The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period starting May 10th and closing July 10th 2012.
All comments regarding these answers should be sent to OPR.RPB@inspection.gc.ca

Commented Questions and Answers

The Canada Organic Office has received comments about some of the answers posted under the public comment period ending January 30th 2012; the Standards Interpretation Committee considered all comments and, when appropriate, revised these answers. In some cases, comments did not result in a change in the Q&As.

Click here to consult the first list of the commented and/or revised Questions and Answers. These Q&As are final and not subject to further comments; they will be integrated into the final Q&As under the CCO website and OFC website.

Date: April 20, 2012
Titre: The Science of Organic Agriculture
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The Organic Federation of Canada invites you to view

 

The Science of Organic Agriculture”,

a series of four videos shot

at the Canadian Organic Science Conference (COSC),
held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from February 21-23, 2012

 

Featuring Canadian organic scientists and producers sharing their experiences,
their vision, and mostly, their great dedication to the development of sound organic production systems in Canada.

 

The Impact of Research on Organic Agriculture

 

Organic Researchers in Canada and the United States

 

Organic Knowledge for the Future

 

Organic Farmers and Researchers Sharing Knowledge

 

You can also be at the Canadian Organic Science Conference...without actually having been there! To view all the presentations and conferences of the COSC, click here!

We invite you to enjoy viewing to the films and to share them with your community! Sharing weblinks shares knowledge!

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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