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Friday, 16 September 2016 16:30

Celebrate Organic Week 2016!

Join Organic Alberta in celebrating this year's Organic Week! Organic Week runs from September 17 to 25, 2016, and there are plenty of events going on in Alberta and across the country.

Check back here regularly as we add more events to our calendar!

 

Seed Production Capacity Building Grant available: First-Come, First-Serve. 

The Bauta Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is offering 
Seed Production Capacity Building Grants
Grants are aimed for seed producers, farmers, farm workers, seed companies, and students learning about ecological seed production. Others excited to build their capacity and understanding of seed production are welcome to apply.
For more information: 
http://seedsecurity.ca/en/204-seed-production-capacity-building-grants 

Grants will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be considered until all available funds are allocated, up to October 31, 2016.

Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 587-521-2400 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:45

Nominate an Organic Hero!

Do you know an Organic Hero or a Young Organic Hero? Organic Connections has extended the deadline for submissions until August 31,2016 and they want to hear from you!

Who has inspired you?

Please tell about it!

Go to the Organic Connections website and click the Nominate buttons on the front page to nominate your hero today.

Aquaculture, including aquatic animal and plant production, as well as plants grown under aquaponics  systems, will soon be integrated into the Organic Products Regulations (OPR). Principles guiding organic aquaculture and aquaponics are similar to the principles established in organic agriculture production: GMOs, synthetic growth regulators, antibiotics, clones and other synthetic substances are prohibited. But, there is also a significant difference. The roots of terrestrial plants grown in aquaponics systems are immersed in water. This contradicts clause 7.5.3 of the agricultural organic standard, CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015, which prohibits hydroponics and promotes soil fertility management, rather than the ‘cultivation of plants in aqueous nutrient solutions without the aid of the soil’ (Terms and definitions -3.29). The Organic Federation of Canada wants to know what you think about this. Is aquaponics different from hydroponics? Click here to comment.

 

aquaponie

 
Aquaponics combines aquaculture with the cultivation of plants in a symbiotic relationship. Fish manure as well as feed waste are metabolized by bacteria and absorbed by plants grown on the surface of the aquaculture tank. When absorbing nutrients, plants also filter the water that is recirculated in the system.

Principles guiding organic aquaculture and aquaponics are similar to the principles established in organic agriculture production: GMOs, synthetic growth regulators, antibiotics, clones and other synthetic substances are prohibited.

But, there is also a significant difference. The roots of terrestrial plants grown in aquaponics systems are immersed in water. This contradicts clause 7.5.3 of the agricultural organic standard, CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015, which prohibits hydroponics and promotes soil fertility management, rather than the ‘cultivation of plants in aqueous nutrient solutions without the aid of the soil’ (Terms and definitions -3.29).

The OFC wants to know your opinion. Is aquaponics different from hydroponics?

Does organic lettuce grown in water in symbiosis with cultured fish meet organic consumer expectations?  How can we reconcile the marketing of a the same product certified under two different organic standards that have contradictory clauses?

Monday, 13 June 2016 10:33

Career Opportunity - Grain Buyer

Praririe Heritage Seeds Inc from Saskatchewan is looking for a grain buyer. This position is responsible for building and sustaining long term partnerships with new and existing producers and expanding merchandising potential to accommodate increasing market share. 

Duties will include purchasing grain, managing the supply base, analyzing and managing customer databases, developing and maintaining customer relatinships, developing procedures, system improvements and cost effective measures.

Deadline to apply is June 17, 2016. For more information email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Minister MacAulay is urged by 15 agricultural associations, including Organic Alberta, to stop the sale of GM alfalfa:

'Firstly, we ask you to take immediate action to stop the further commercial release of GM alfalfa seeds by removing variety registration for all GM alfalfa varieties, until a full economic impact assessment is conducted'.

Joint Letter to Minister MacAulay on GM alfalfa April 20 2016 Page 1Joint Letter to Minister MacAulay on GM alfalfa April 20 2016 Page 2Joint Letter to Minister MacAulay on GM alfalfa April 20 2016 Page 3

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