OFC Blog - What is the impact of having organic products that are not certified in intraprovincial markets?
Two years have passed since the implementation of the Canadian Organic Products Regulations (OPR). As the OPR only apply to products that are traded on interprovincial and international markets, consumers can buy certified organic products compliant with the OPR, or organic products that are not certified as they are grown and sold without crossing provincial borders. The province of Quebec is the only province where the intraprovincial organic market is strictly regulated.
After two years of speculation by U.S. and Canadian organic farmers, facing below-cost competition eroding sustainable pricing, and even forcing some out of business, an announcement last week, by the Canadian government authority overseeing organics, has finally offered an explanation.
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Forecasting the future is always tricky, but usually looking at history can be an indicator.
Historical Trends In Organic Food
Thirty years ago, organic foods and farming were mainly an ideology for hippies and the back-to-nature types, as well as a few farmers who had not embraced the transition to farming with chemicals. Organic food customers were a very small group.