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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: April 23, 2015
Titre: Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards
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Public Comment Period – April 22 to June 22 2015

  • Reassessment of Q60.2, about biodegradability of films made from petroleum products
  • Rewording of Q238 – about yeast and yeast derivatives
  • New questions and answers

Report - Comment period February-April 2015

Click here to read more

Date: March 25, 2015
Titre: InfoBio March 2015
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  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards - The merger of the organic aquaculture standards with the organic agriculture standards is a dynamic process 
  • Ted Zettel steps down from the post of OFC President
  • Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee - Reminder - Comment Period - February 13 to April 13 2015
  • Canadian Production on Organic Map of Organic World Website
  • The Organic Quiz - A successful organic learning session
  • Organic Science Cluster II - The People Behind the Research - A Conversation with Dr. Chantal Hamel

Click here to read InfoBio

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

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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!

Date: August 17, 2011
Title: No Intraprovincial Organic Regulations in Canada: what is the impact on the development of the Canadian organic sector?
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The Canadian Organic Products Regulations (OPR) were implemented in June 2009 but they do not cover organic products produced and sold within the same province.  The province of Quebec is the only province where the intraprovincial organic market is strictly regulated.

What is the impact of not having organic products regulated and certified in local markets? Does it reduce consumer confidence in the organic designation, or can it have an impact on the value of the organic premium? Visit OFC Blog to let us know your opinion!

Date: April 7, 2011
Title: The impact of GE alfalfa on organic production
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Genetically modified (GM) alfalfa has been approved for planting in the US and is one step away from being sold as seed in Canada. Please describe on OFC Blog what would be the impact of the introduction of GM alfalfa on your farming operations?

Date: April 28, 2010
Title: Organic Grain-Forage Rations in Fattening Phase of Slaughter Animals
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Issue your comment on the feeding of slaughter animals in fattening phase.

Date: April 8, 2010
Title: Parallel production
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Are you in favor of parallel production? Should Canada be more flexible on the issue of parallel production? If it were allowed, could parallel production be managed without compromising organic integrity? Leave your comment on OFC's blog.

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