Allan Dawson - GrainNews.ca
Co-operator staff

Taking a Roundup Ready volunteer crop to harvest will be allowed this year, but only if certain conditions are met, Monsanto spokeswoman Trish Jordan said June 16.

Monday, 25 July 2011 15:38

Stream of commerce policy over

If you sell organic products that carry an organic label you should be very careful about labelling claims. CFIA's Stream of Commerce Policy that allowed businesses to use up old packaging materials has now come to an end and CFIA will begin to enforce organic claims.

Canada Organic Trade Association - 2011 Press Release

OTTAWA, Canada (July 5, 2011) – Canada and the European Union have reached an historic agreement to recognize each other's organic standards and laws, after nearly four years of formal negotiation.

Sunday, 24 July 2011 16:25

Canada’s Organic Rules in Full Force

Canada Organic Trade Association- 2011 Press Release

OTTAWA, Canada (June 30, 2011) -- Canada’s Organic Products Regulations will be fully enforced after June 30, two years after the regulations became law in 2009. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has followed a two-year Stream of Commerce and Enforcement Policy, allowing operators time to become fully compliant with the regulations. During this “phase-in” period, the CFIA managed minor non-compliances through notification and education, requiring correction within reasonable timelines.

The latest version of the Canadian Organic Standard and Permitted Substances List was released at the end of June 2011. To see a version click here.

Emily Marriott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ed Zaborski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Composting transforms raw organic residues into humus-like material through the activity of soil microorganisms. Mature compost stores well and is biologically stable, free of unpleasant odors, and easier to handle and less bulky than raw organic wastes. In agronomic and horticultural operations, compost can be used as a soil amendment, seed starter, mulch, container mix ingredient, or natural fertilizer, depending on its characteristics. Composting can also reduce or eliminate weed seeds and plant pathogens in organic residues.

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