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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: March 24, 2021
Titre: ORGANIC SECTOR SURVEY
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We need your input!

 

Three national organizations, COG, COTA and OFC, supported by multiple provincial organizations, and the OACC support trade, education, market access, research and updating of the Canadian Organic Standard that governs industry practices.

 

As we need to innovate and improve our activities to serve the industry. COG, COTA, OFC and OACC are working together to survey your needs and redefine the services that will support the growth of our industry.

 

Your participation in the Canadian Organic Survey is therefore important: please take 20 to 30 minutes to  participate so that we can inform the state of organic in Canada. The data collected will be published in aggregated form only to protect the confidentiality of the individual responses


You can access the survey until Thursday, April 15, 2021 at this link.

 

 

Date: March 12, 2021
Titre: InfoBio March 2021
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Your organic involvement
Your input is needed!
 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking your feedback on how to further strengthen its regulations, services and programs to help enable competitiveness and innovation in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The Canadian organic industry has to express concerns and needs!

 

 

The Organic Federation will be hosting its
Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, from 1pm to 2:30 PM EDT
Save the date!

 

 

Andy Hammermeister, the scientific leader of the Organic Science Cluster

ENTHUSIASM THAT NEVER FADES

Organic Science Cluster 3 is Hiring a Research Coordinator!

 

AAFC' s Agri-Info February Newsletterfocuses on an organic vegetable farm in Quebec,

la Ferme Lève-tôt

READ MORE

 

Date: February 17, 2021
Titre: InfoBio February 2021
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Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee
REMINDER -Comment period – 21 January to 21 February 2021

 

IMPLEMENTING THE 2020 CANADIAN ORGANIC STANDARDS!

 

ORGANIC SCIENCE MADE EASY
New podcasts with Canadian researchers

 

Emma Bryce is joining the OFC as the new Communications Manager

Read more

 

Date: January 21, 2021
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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New Comment period – January 21 to February 21, 2021


Is organic feed required during transport and handling of livestock when the duration of transit exceeds 5 hours (6.5.5)?

 

When liquid ingredients are composed of solids dissolved in added water, is the added water excluded or included in the percent organic calculation?

 

When calculating the organic percentage of a multi-ingredient product, that is a mixture of solid and liquid ingredients (9.1.3c), and there are no reconstitution claims, is the mass of each ingredient used as-is, or should any salt or water in each of these ingredients be removed prior to the calculation?

 

Can gelling agents such as guar gum and xanthan gum be added into drinking water/feed for crickets? This will stop crickets from drowning especially as they are small when they first hatch.


… and many additional questions and answers.

 

Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture. The proposed responses are subject to a 30-day comment period ending February 21, 2021

 

All comments regarding these answers should be sent to cfia.opr-rpb.acia@canada.ca

Date: December 11, 2020
Titre: The 2020 Canadian Organic Standards are published!
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Today, the Canadian General Standards Board published the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards - Organic Production Systems:


General Principles and management standards

CAN/CGSB-32.310-2020 


Permitted Substances Lists

CAN/CGSB-32.311-2020.

 

From today’s date of publication, all operators have one year to comply with the revised clauses of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards.

 

To make it easier for operators, the OFC has prepared documents presenting the 2015 and 2020 standards side-by-side with the 2020 modifications highlighted.

Click here to access the 2015-2020 comparisons!

 

The OFC has also published a series of articles informing the industry of the main changes to the standards.

 

The Final Q&As issued by the Standards Interpretation Committee have been updated to comply with the 2020 COS.

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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