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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.

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Date: February 25, 2015
Titre: InfoBio February 25th 2015
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Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

1st ballot is launched - The Canadian organic sector can consult the two proposed drafts here:

Draft -Organic Production Systems General Principles and Management Standards
http://www.organicfederation.ca/sites/documents/B-0032-0310-000-E-NE0012.pdf

Draft -Organic Production Systems Permitted Substances Lists
http://organicfederation.ca/sites/documents/B-0032-0311-000-E-NE0012.pdf

 

It’s time to meet!

2015 COABC Conference - February 27 - March 1, Chilliwack, BC

2015 Organic Alberta Conference - February 27 & 28, Beaumont, AB

Organics for All! - March 5-7, Centre d'expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+) – Victoriaville, Québec

 

Snowy days do not seem to bother cows in Eastern Ontario

 

INVITATION!  The Organic Federation of Canada will hold its Annual General Meeting  Tuesday, March 10th 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00, EST by teleconference. You are all welcome to participate!

 

Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee  Reminder - Comment Period - February 13 to April 13 2015

 

A great organic initiative - Government of Denmark wants to double organic area

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Date: February 13, 2015
Titre: InfoBio February 2015
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  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards - The ballot will be launched soon
  • Merging organic aquaculture and agriculture - Interview with Rochelle Eisen
  • INVITATION to OFC AGM
  • CHFA contributes $15,000 to OFC Fundraising Campaign
  • Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee - New Comment Period - February 13 to April 13 2015 - Report from last Comment Period

To read more, click here

Date: January 27, 2015
Titre: InfoBio January 2015
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  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards - A ballot in February on all the recommendations adopted by the CGSB Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture
  • After Quebec, Manitoba, New-Brunswick - BC Government projects to regulate intraprovincial organic trade
  • A fresh start for the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate
  • Winter school for a better knowledge of the Canadian Organic Standards
  • Organic farmers are the stars of the International Year of the Soil

Read more

Date: December 22, 2014
Titre: InfoBio December 2014
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Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

  • A great meeting held in Gatineau December 15-17, 2014 & Photo report
  • The COS Review - A tremendous number of hours
  • Merging the organic aquaculture and agriculture standards.

Organic statistical data 

A New Website for the Quebec Sector

 

New study links glyphosate-based herbicides to chronic disease

Click here to read InfoBio December 2014

Date: November 10, 2014
Titre: OFC' s Blog
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To Certify or Not To Certify 

The perspective of small-scale organic farmers

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. For these growers, the expense and effort of certification isn’t justifiable, since attaining certified organic status doesn’t significantly increase sales or the trust already earned from buyers.

 

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?

 

Get more information and share your perspective on OFC's Blog!

 

The Organic Value Chain Roundtable presents three new reports that provide a strong business case for going organic:

Organic Advantage. Vegetable Production
Organic Advantage. Grain Production
Organic Advantage. Beef Production

 

These commodity-specific guides targeted to conventional producers and lenders provide beef, grain and vegetable producers with an overview of the market opportunities, economics, as well as government and industry support available to help guide new entrants towards a successful transition. The reports will also be useful to lenders and others with an interest in the economic viability of organic agriculture.

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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