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Of particular interest

Date: May 25, 2016
Titre: OFC Blog
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Aquaponics – an organic production system?

 

Aquaponics combines aquaculture with the cultivation of plants in a symbiotic relationship.

Does organic lettuce grown in water in symbiosis with cultured fish meet organic consumer expectations? 

Is aquaponics different from hydroponics?

 

Click here to comment!

Date: May 4, 2016
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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Questions and Answers Regarding National
Standards for Organic Agriculture

 

Public Comment Period – May 5 to June 6 2016

  • Are the seeds used to grow green manure crops, intended for incorporation into the soil, required to be organic?
  • How far and under what circumstances may the 3,000 m. buffer zone around organic apiaries be reduced?
  • Is colloidal silver allowed for use in livestock health care?

The Standards Interpretation Committee submits new questions & answers to public consultation.

 

Click here to consult the proposed answers by the SIC and submit your comments.

Date: April 22, 2016
Titre: InfoBio April 2016
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  • The Canadian Organic Science Conference - Sponsor the Conference!
  •  Prevention of GE contamination - A complex learning process
  •  Revised greenhouse crop production section under scrutiny
  •  Canadian organic associations allying together to stop sale of GM alfalfa

 

Click here to read more

Date: April 5, 2016
Titre: Canadian Organic Science Conference
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Organic researchers networking with the Canadian organic sector at the 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference

ON THE PROGRAMME

Two days of conference presentations
(in English)

and a field day of visits to Quebec organic farms

September 19-21 2016  

At the Sandman Hotel

Montreal-Longueuil

 

World renowned international and Canadian scientists will present their research in all aspects of organic agriculture, including crop and livestock production, soil science, and value chain developmentr.

 

Click here to consult the list of scientists and to register 

 

Date: March 7, 2016
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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Questions and Answers Regarding National
Standards for Organic Agriculture

 

Public Comment Period – March 7 to April 7 2016

  • Is copper sulphate allowed as a treatment for fence-posts on pasture?
  • Under Greenhouse section 7.5.5 d. of 32.310, how should the soil volume of 70 L/M2 be defined and how should the total growing area be defined? Is the requirement of 10% compost by weight or by volume? What does the container height of 12 inches mean?


The Standards Interpretation Committee submits new questions & answers to public consultation.


Click here to consult the proposed answers by the SIC and submit your comments.

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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