November 18, 2011

Alberta applauds World Trade Organization ruling on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling

WTO decision will benefit Alberta's livestock and meat industry

The Government of Alberta welcomed a ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) measure was in violation of its WTO trade obligations.

By Barbara Damrosch, The Washington Post

While the supercommittee deliberated about farms, food and spending, inboxes were bulging with suggested priorities. On Slow Food USA’s wish list was “funding for conservation, new farmers and other programs that support sustainable farmers and ranchers.”

On the Canada Organic Office website, the directive is very clear:

“As all organic products, under the Canada Organic Regime, must be certified by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency accredited certification body, products bearing the claim “certified organic” are considered misleading. Having only some products labelled “certified organic”, while others aren’t, may mislead consumers into believing that products not bearing this claim are not certified. The statement “Certified by” immediately followed by the name of the certification body is acceptable as it denotes who has certified the product.”

Monday, 24 October 2011 13:34

Organic Week a Good Time to Take Stock

By Brenda Frick

In recognition of Canada’s Organic Week, the Western Producer is running an additional Organic Matters column this month. The regular column will appear in the first edition of November.

Oct. 15-22 has been designated Organic Week and will feature activities to celebrate organic food and farming.

This is a good time to take a look at the successes the organic community has achieved and the challenges it still faces.

Monday, 24 October 2011 10:12

Growing Organic Oilseed Pumpkins

Oilseed pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo pepo Styriaca) have hulless seeds containing 40-50% oil. The crop can produce 0.5-1.4 tonnes/hectare of seeds, which are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. They can be used whole or processed into oil, which contains higher levels of antioxidants than extra virgin olive oil, or oil from walnuts, hemp or sunflowers.

Minister Ritz Makes Announcement During National Organic Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2011) - National Organic Week kicked off October 15, and with the festivities in full swing Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Government of Canada is investing to help the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) enhance the industry's competitiveness in global markets.

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