By Carey Gillam, Reuters
Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics.
OCIA Canada is rapidly growing and consists of team of 8 employees at present and a membership of over 400. We require a General Manager to take us to the next level.
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On May 4, 2013, Manitoba proclaimed the Organic Agricultural Products Act (OAPA), making Manitoba the first province to pass a provincial organic law since the federal Organic Products Regulations (OPR) were passed in June 2009. Manitoba is now the third province with a provincial law that defines and controls the use of the word "organic" within the provincial context (both British Columbia and Quebec have laws that predate the OPR) and it is the first province to pass a law that "mirrors" the federal OPR.
The OCIA R&E Crop Improvement Committee has created a mentorship program to help the new or current farmer learn more about organic farming practices. This complimentary initiative will pair up any individual who is interested in learning greater knowledge, and possibly handson experience, with an OCIA certified organic farmer in their area, where available. OCIA is a not-for-profit organic certification agency that has offered a wide variety of accreditations to producers and processers located in the United States, Canada and Latin America, for the past 25 years.
March 28th, 2013, Ottawa: Canadian organic producers will have increased opportunities to export their products and Canadian families shopping for organic food will have more choices following an arrangement reached between Canada and Costa Rica.