After 9 years of lobbying by Organic Alberta and its members, the Government of Alberta has responded to our request for a provincial organic regulation akin to the federal regulation. The Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act, containing the regulation, was tabled on April 5, 2018.
In addition to closing the loophole that has allowed local producers to call their product organic within Alberta without being certified, the proposed legislation supports local food production by establishing a Local Food Council to address challenges affecting growth and proposes a new Alberta Local Food Week to be held the third week of August.
“This act would ensure that certified organic farmers and processors have a level playing field in Alberta. And consumers will now have trust and confidence that they are getting what they pay for when they buy local organic food.” Charles Newell, President, Organic Alberta
The adoption of the Canadian Organic Standard for organic food produced and marketed in Alberta means consumers will be confident that foods labelled “organic” have been 3rd party verified, and they meet a consistent nationally recognized standard. Organic regulations will come into effect in 2019.
“Increased consumer confidence and more fair competition will help my business to grow.” Dawn Boileau, Sunrise Organic Gardens, Onoway, Alberta
“We work hard to maintain our organic certification and will be happy to know that everyone using the organic label in Alberta has followed the same rigid procedures.” Janice Shelton, Sandsprings Ranch, Lac La Biche, Alberta
Thank you Organic Alberta members! We would not have reached this point without your efforts, especially over the past few months, in making sure the Government of Alberta understood how important this issue is to local organic producers and processors. While the end is in sight, we are not there yet. It has been tabled, but it still needs to be passed by the Legislature.