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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: August 30, 2021
Titre: The Future of Organic Agriculture in Canada - A Major Election Issue
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Ask your candidates if they will support organic agriculture!

 

Canadian farmers are experiencing serious negative impacts from climate change in the form of droughts, forest fires, floods, and severe storms.

 

Organic agriculture offers a more secure path forward for food production amid climate turmoil by:
• Reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions,
• sequestering more atmospheric carbon in soils,
• increasing biodiversity.

 

The Canadian government is abandoning funding for the review and interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards, which are the supporting framework for the whole Organic industry.

What Canada needs is more support for sustainable agriculture, not less.

 

Vote for the party that will support ecological agriculture and our organic industry!

 

Share organic concerns with your candidates - Download OFC's request for a Canadian Organic Program

Date: August 23, 2021
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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NEW PUBLIC CONSULTATION – 23 August to 27 September,  2021

 

Can strawberries from non-organic strawberry planting stock be harvested within 12 months of planting if it is confirmed that the planting stock was not treated with any prohibited substances pre planting?

 

Do seed coatings or treatments need to be considered when calculating the organic percentage of an organic seed product?

 

Is palm oil or its derivatives permitted as a feed ingredient for organic dairy production?

and many other questions.

 

Click here to consult the proposed responses issued by the Standards Interpretation Committee.

 

The proposed responses are subject to a 30-day comment period. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to cfia.opr-rpb.acia@canada.ca by 27 September, 2021.

Date: August 18, 2021
Titre: InfoBio August 16 2021
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  • ES CropConsult Supports the Integrated Pest Management and Wireworm Control
  • Manitoba Organic Alliance to Receive Grower Contributions
  • A cocktail of pesticides, parasites and hunger leaves bees down and out
  • At least 47 contaminants detected in tree swallow nests

Read more

Date: August 3, 2021
Titre: InfoBio August 2021
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  • Health Canada Glyphosate Public Consultation Window Extended
  • Organic as a Platform for Ecological Innovation in Agriculture
  • Climate Change and the Role of Organic
  • New directory for veterinay products in organic production

READ MORE

 

 

Date: July 1, 2021
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee
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ACTIVITY REPORT

 

COMMENTED - NO MODIFICATION - TRANSFERRED TO FINAL Q&As

 

Is the manufacturer of a detergent required to test the biodegradability of its product based on the definition of "biodegradable" in clause 3.11 of the Canadian Organic Standard (CAN/CGSB 32.310)? (515.1)

In the 2020 version of CAN/CGSB-32.310, the definition of "biodegradable" (3.11) applies specifically to inputs and production aids in crop and livestock production. For detergents, biodegradability shall be assessed based on OECD definitions and standards; refer to Detergents, Table 7.4 of the PSL. Therefore, the manufacturer shall demonstrate that the biodegradability of the detergent meets or exceeds the guidelines defined by the OECD when assessing conformity to CAN/CGSB-32.3210.

 

Can a so-called biodegradable detergent contain non-listed or restricted substances such as phosphoric acid, whose use is only permitted for dairy equipment? (515.2)
Yes. Detergents must meet the biodegradability requirements as outlined in Table 7.4 of Section 32-311. There are no other restrictions.

 


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Clove oil is permitted as a post-harvest sprout inhibitor for potatoes (Table 8.3). Can other plant oils, such as mint oil, be used for this purpose? (514)
Although only clove oil is specified in Table 8.3, following consultation with the PSL Preparation Working Group, the SIC has clarified that oils from three plant families, specifically Lamiaceae (mint family), Apiaceae/Umbelliferae (celery family) and Myrtaceae (clove family), may be used as post-harvest sprout inhibitors for potatoes.

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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