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Date: October 16, 2014
Titre: InfoBio October 2014

Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

  • Comments from the Public Review now being assessed by the Working Groups
  • Short news...

Organic Standards Interpretation Committee  - Call for Nominations

Deadline – November 3rd 2014


Organic Science Cluster II

  • The Announcement of the Organic Science Cluster II is on line!
  • The Research Activity of the month - Development of sustainable alternative sources of bedding for dairy cows

Why Organic?

  • Glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease

  • Neonics impact all species that chew a plant, sip its sap, drink its nectar, eat its pollen or fruit

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Date: October 1, 2014
Titre: InfoBio October 1st 2014

Nominations - Standards Interpretation Committee

The Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) has been created to assist the Canadian Organic Office (COO) in the interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standard (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311), in order to achieve uniform application of the rules to all operators through various certifying bodies.


The terms of two committee members, Jean Duval and Janine Gibson, are ending in November 2014 and an additional vacant seat has to be filled. You are invited to submit nominations for these three positions. Click here to learn more about the nomination process.


Report on the last comment period – June-August 2014

The SIC has analyzed the comments received during the last public consultation held from June to August 2014. The report  presents the Q&As as archived in the Final Q&As section.

Please note that the question about “Sprouts and shoots” has been removed from the Final Q&As; the SIC interpretation is under review.

Date: September 19, 2014

We all share the same standard!

Kick off your Organic Week Celebration by taking a close look at proposed revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards.

Canadian producers, processors and traders are linked by the national organic standard, drafted to create consensus around organic production and processing practices.  This standard is the basis of the whole Canadian industry. We presently have the unique chance to thoroughly review the text that defines organic food production.


This organic week-end, contribute your perspective by taking a look at the draft currently under review.  The deadline to receive public comments is next week, September 22nd.  All the information you need is here!

Visit for more information about other Organic Week activities!

Date: September 9, 2014
Titre: Public Review of the Canadian Organic Standards is underway

The Canadian Organic Standards are now under review, and many modifications are suggested in order to modernize and clarify organic practices.


To consult the proposed modifications, click on the following links:


General Principles and Management Standards

A draft version with tracked changes  
A “clean” draft version 
The revised version of clause 6.8.10
    (with modification of the numbering)

You can also downlaod a simplified version of all tracked changes - click here


Permitted Substances Lists

A draft version with tracked changes
A “clean” draft version

To submit a comment - Deadline: September 22  2014

For submitting a comment on the proposed changes to either or both CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards and CAN/CGSB-32.311 Permitted Substances Lists, please use the following form:
32-20 Comment Form - formulaire pour commentaire

Date: August 22, 2014
Titre: InfoBio August 22 2014


Public Review of the Canadian Organic Standards is underway - All organic producers and processors are invited to comment the proposed modifications


Organic Science Cluster II - A sunny announcement for the Organic Science Cluster II with Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz


From Organic Science Cluster I to Organic Science Cluster II - Dr Martin Entz pursues his research on the Glenlea Project becomes the main national list of approved inputs


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Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

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: September 28, 2012
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?

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

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

Issue your comment on the feeding of slaughter animals in fattening phase.

Date: April 8, 2010
Title: Parallel production

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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