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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.

Monday, 22 August 2011 16:29

Domestic Canada Brand Memberships

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is now ready to implement the Canada Brand in the domestic market.  This expansion holds great promise!

Cornucopia Institute

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.

Canada and the European Union (EU) signed in June the Canada—European Union Organic Equivalency Arrangement
This arrangement will allow the import and export of certified organic products between Canada and the EU without the need for additional certification… "It's a win-win for Canada as this arrangement will also offer Canadian consumers more organic food options” commented the Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
Monday, 22 August 2011 15:25

What Is The Future For Organic Food?

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

Monday, 22 August 2011 15:16

Avoiding Spray Drift on Organic Farms

John Hollinger - Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
Spray drift can have a devastating effect on an organic farm operation. It can result from ground or aerial pesticide applications that drift on to organic yards or fields by wind, by accident or by carelessness.

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