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Of particular interest

Date: November 25, 2015
Titre: InfoBio November 2015
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The 2015 Canadian Organic Standards have been published!

Link to Organic Principles and Management Standards: 

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ongc-cgsb/programme-program/normes-standards/internet/bio-org/pgng-gpms-eng.html

 

Link to Permitted Substances lists -

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ongc-cgsb/programme-program/normes-standards/internet/bio-org/lsp-psl-eng.html

 

This revised standard will guide the production and preparation of organic food in Canada until 2020! Certified operators have a full year to come into compliance with the revised standard.

 

Click here  to read all the interviews and comments presented in InfoBio!

 

Date: September 28, 2015
Titre: COS REVIEW
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INTERVIEWS WITH THE CHAIR OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
AND THE CONVENERS OF THE WORKING GROUPS

 

  • How was the review performed?
  • What have been the main challenges?
  • And, as certified operators certainly want to know, what are the main modifications to the standards that they will have to comply with?

We decided to invite the main players of the review to answer these questions and all the interviews are now available on YouTube.

 

CROP PRODUCTION and Specific Production Requirements 

link - https://youtu.be/MFEUDZVg0rw

 

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION and Apiculture

link - https://youtu.be/7p1BeUDJNZw

 

INTRODUCTION – DEFINITIONS –MAINTAINING ORGANIC INTEGRITY- PRODUCT COMPOSITION

PERMITTED SUBSTANCES LISTS IN PREPARATION - PERMANENT PSL PROJECT

link - https://youtu.be/2i6_-zai8j0

 

Date: September 22, 2015
Titre: InfoBio September 2015
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  • Final modification to the standards - Isolation distances in informative note and revised isolation distance for corn 
  • New publication date - November 9 2015 - for revised COS
  • A second organic science conference in the offing
  • The people behind the research - Two farmers with both feet in research

Read more

 

 

Date: August 17, 2015
Titre: InfoBio Summer 2015
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  • Review of the Canadian Organic Standards -   Yes to the balloted draft, with very few modifications
    • Poultry - To be or not to be…outdoors
    • Preventing contamination in a ‘sea of GMOs’
    • ‘Natural’ is not organic
    • Final draft of the COS can be consulted
  • Standards Interpretation Committee - All Q & As to be revised
  • The organic aquaculture sector plans for a full review of the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard
  • Quebec puts pressure on non-compliant retailers
  • No two trees are the same

Read more

Date: June 19, 2015
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organc Standards
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The proposed standard is online

  • Launch of the final ballot - Drafts under ballot are published

  • An exemption for the use of biodegradable mulches

  • Small-scale certification - Two models are proposed

Click here to read InfoBio

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
Body:

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
Body:
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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