Organic agriculture is sustainable and resilient
Petition your support to organics
The latest version of the Canadian Organic Standards was published in 2020, but it is already time to start planning for the 2025 Standards Review Process.
Though organic agriculture is sustainable and resilient, the Canadian organic sector is underfunded. We need our Canadian government to implement a program that will provide permanent funding for the review of the Canadian Organic Standards and for the societal and ecological services delivered by organic farming.
Please sign our petition and send a letter to your local MP and to our Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Go online and sign the petition to request the creation of the
Canada Organic Program
that is needed for the growth of ecological agriculture!
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Sending a letter shows how important this issue is to you personally.
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Aligned with what the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) proposes in terms of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), the Canadian Organic Standards (COS) are enforcing one of the most effective food-sector-related strategies to foster the emergence of a carbon-neutral economy.
Resilient agriculture delivers ecological services and set the path for food security amid climate change turmoil by:
- reducing our agricultural sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,
- sequestering atmospheric carbon in soils and
- increasing biodiversity, while buffering the impact of climate change by improving the soil’s resilience to both drought and flooding, and increasing farm-based income.
The organic sector needs financial stability through dedicated government funding. The implementation of the Canada Organic Program will maintain competitivity of Canadian organic farming on global markets:
- The European Commission has set a target of ‘at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land under organic farming and a significant increase in organic aquaculture by 2030’.
- The USDA funds the Organic Cost Share Certification Program (OCCSP) which provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers and has created the USDA Organic Integrity Database
to promote the growth of agricultural ecological practices and prevent fraud.
Additional information on OFC’s request
- OFC has developed a one-pager that succinctly explains the issue, as well as an in-depth backgrounder. Share these documents with your networks to help spread the word: the federal government must adopt a Canada Organic Program.
- OFC has created a webpage – Organic Advocacy – presenting all the detailed information on the Canada Organic Program.
- Follow OFC on Twitter to stay up to date with all of the latest advocacy news and updates: @OFC_organic