Feel free to be in touch with any of the IMPORTANT ORGANIC CONTACTS listed below for updated info on organic foods, farming and gardening.
INFO FOR USE BY ORGANIC FARMERS/GARDENERS:
WEED CONTROL in organic cropping systems, both large-scale and small market garden-scale – is essential.
Here is a reference point to help growers find the right information:
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, is one of the Official Sponsors of the Conference. Contact Andy Hammermeister with questions.
Ottawa, June 24, 2009 – The Government of Canada today revealed the new organic logo that will give organics producers access to more markets and make sure Canadian families can find more certified organic food products in their grocery stores.
“This organic logo allows consumers to make informed, confident choices,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “At the same time, the new regulations will allow Canadian organic farmers to have their products recognized in this emerging market.”
Canada’s Organic Products Regulations (OPR), which come into force on June 30, 2009, set out rigorous standards for the certification of products as organic by accredited certification bodies. Products that meet the production requirements and contain at least 95 per cent organic content may be labelled as “organic” and feature the new Biologique Canada Organic Logo.
These new regulations apply to domestic and imported products. Regardless of origin, all products seeking organic certification must meet Canada’s standards. To this end, an equivalency arrangement was recently reached with the United States to allow Canadian and American products to be certified as organic in either country. This agreement gives Canadian consumers more organic choices and organic farmers increased trade opportunities.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will work closely with the organic industry to help with the implementation of the new regulations.
For more information on Canada’s organic products regulations and standards, please visit the CFIA website at: www.inspection.gc.ca
Organic Products Regulations 2009 http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2009/2009-06-24/html/sor-dors176-eng.html (English)
CANADIAN ORGANIC CERTIFICATION ISSUES:
Frequently Asked Questions
Canada/US Equivalency Determination or Import/Export Agreements at
IMPORTANT ORGANIC CONTACTS IN CANADA
- Canada Food Inspection Agency Organic Products
- Canadian Organic Growers
- Ontario Organic Council
- List of Certification Bodies accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada
- Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network
- Organic Federation of Canada
- Organic Producers Association of Manitoba
- Manitoba Organic Agriculture
- Saskatchewan Organic Directorate
- Saskatchewan Organic Certification Association Inc.
- Alberta Organic Producers Association
- Agriculture and Rural Development : RTW Directory Listings
- Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia
- COABC – BCOG – British Columbia Organic Grower
- British Columbia Organic Standards
- Québec Vrai
OTHER INFORMATION – COMPOSTING
- Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority Three Bin Composter Planswww.ewswa.org/pages/resource/cmpstr1.html
- Growing Power in Milwaukee Greenhouse Compostinghttp://www.growingpower.org/compost.htm
- The Greater Victoria Composting Education Centrehttp://www.compost.bc.ca
- Garden Organichttp://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicgardening/compost_pf.php
- NYC Wastelesshttp://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/compost/science.shtml
- The Compost Council of Canadahttp://www.compost.org/
- The Recycling Council of Ontariohttps://www.rco.on.ca/
- Soil Food Web – How to Recognize Good Composthttp://www.soilfoodweb.com/sfi_approach2.html#Standards
- Biocycles Magazine – The Value and Benefits of Backyard Compostinghttp://www.jgpress.com/archives/_free/002446.html#more