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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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Date: August 12, 2014
Titre: Minister Gerry Ritz announces the Organic Science Cluster II
The announcement of Organic Science Cluster II took place today on Dalhousie University's Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS. L'annonce de la Grappe scientifique biologique II a eu lieu aujourd'hui sur le campus de la Faculté d'agriculture de l'Université Dalhousie à Truro, N.-É.  From left to right/De gauche à droite: Tim Livingstone, Organic Federation of Canada; Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley; Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University; The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Dr. Andy Hammermeister, OACC Director, Dalhousie University.


There will be a second Organic Science Cluster: Minister Gerry Ritz, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, made the official announcement today, August 12 2014, on the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, in Truro, where is now located the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada.


The Organic Science Cluster II  (OSCII) will be managed by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada, the industry applicant. The Organic Science Cluster II is supported by over 65 contributing partners and it includes 37 research Activities. The OSCII also includes collaborating researchers from over 36 research institutions across Canada.


“We, organic producers and processors, are very happy with the announcement of the Organic Science Cluster II, as we will have over 135 researchers from over 40 Canadian institutions helping us improving the yield of our crops, recycling our resources, having a better control of our weeds, taking better care of our farm animals, in order to offer quality food to Canadian consumers and to consumers in countries where our organic products are exported”, commented Tim Livingstone, representing the OFC at the announcement.


Tim added that “This is fantastic to discover how organic production can be improved through scientific research targeting organic production under the Canadian climate and agronomic background, while allowing organic farmers and processors to continue developing food production practices that remain sustainable and compliant with the Canadian Organic Standards regulated by the federal government”.


Read more about the OSCII by clicking here.
To read AAFC press release, click here.

Date: July 22, 2014
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards
Draft editions of two National Standards of Canada for organic production systems are available for public review

Since the fall of 2013, the Working Groups (WG) and the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture (TC) have been working on the review of the Canadian Organic Standards. Proposals for revision were received from many members of the organic sector.  Each proposal has been carefully reviewed according to the requirements set out in Section 10 of CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards and in accordance with the procedures established by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).

The draft amendments are now available for a period of 60 days for public review from July 22, 2014 to September 22, 2014.

To enable you to easily participate in the consultation, the following documents have been provided:


1 –CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards (draft standard)


- A draft version with tracked changes (The draft versions with tracked changes include specific numbers in the right margin that you can use to find  the item in the discussion sheets created by the WGs and the TC and copied in the minutes of the TC meetings);

A “clean” draft version without tracked changes.



2. - CAN/CGSB-32.311 Permitted Substances Lists (draft standard)

- A draft version with tracked changes.  (The draft versions with tracked changes include specific numbers in the right margin that you can use to find the item in the discussion sheets created by the WGs and the TC and copied in the minutes of the TC meetings);

- A “clean” draft version without tracked changes.

Please note that these draft standards are not applicable and that the organic standards posted on CGSB website, CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 and  CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006 remain in force.


3- The minutes from the two meetings of the TC (December 2013 and April 2014) including the discussion sheets for each proposed amendment.

The minutes of the meeting include the discussion sheets used by the Work Groups for presenting their recommendations to the TC.  - To read arguments supporting an amendment proposition, note the number on the right margin of the draft standard  (i.e 12‐310#263a).  To  find the related discussion sheet in the minutes, use a simple search (i.e. "Find") operation using the appropriate number.


For submitting a comment

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

For submitting new proposals for amendments

As the TC is only half way through this amendment cycle, we want to encourage you to submit other proposals for amendments.  Please take this opportunity to note any issues and submit new requests for modification. Visit special review section on OFC website to download the appropriate form.

Following the Public Review

At the closing of the public review, the WGs and the TC will resume meetings to analyze all the comments submitted by the organic sector and the interested parties as well as to address new proposals that have been received. Then the CGSB will hold a first ballot where the members of the TC will decide to adopt or reject the proposed amendments.

Date: June 9, 2014
Titre: InfoBio June 2014

Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

New Comment Period - June 4 to August 4 2014

What are the restrictions to the offspring if a non-organic animal is bred using embryo transfer and brought onto an organic farm?


Is the use of a microwave oven in organic food preparation compliant with the Standard?


Does the prohibition against using both the organic and non-organic form of an ingredient (8.2.5) apply to different varieties of grapes used in a wine, or different flours (e.g. barley and wheat) used to bake a single bread?


Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.


On InfoBio

  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards - Calendar and pace of work in compliance with approved project by AAFC
  • An interview with Jenny Hillard - from the Consumer Interest Alliance
  • Intraprovincial organic market now regulated in New-Brunswick
  • Adopting organic agriculture to prevent antimicrobial resistance

Read more

Date: May 27, 2014
Titre: Review of the Organic Standards

A report on the 13th meeting  of the Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture

From April 13-16, 2014, the Canadian Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture met to analyze recommendations proposed for by the Working Groups responsible for the review of the Canadian Organic Standards.


Click here to read the main recommendations that the Canadian organic sector will soon be requested to comment when the Canadian General Standards Board will consult Canadian stakeholders and launch the first public comment period of the COS review.


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

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

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
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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