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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.

Monday, 15 April 2013 21:48

GM Alfalfa Day of Action Recap

 

Day of Action

Thank you to all who participating in the Day of Action against GM Alfalfa on April 9th, 2013! To see photos from the Day of Action Rally in Calgary, click here.

Here is a taste of the media coverage of this National event:

GMO protest targets Harper’s Calgary office (Video)

Anti-GM Alfalfa Rallies Planned

 

New Report Warns of Inevitable Contamination - Farmers and Consumers Say No Thanks! 

Monday, 01 April 2013 19:49

Consumers demanding chemical-free foods

By Harley Richards - Red Deer Advocate

With some 350 certified-organic producers andprocessors on its membership roster, Organic Alberta has come a long way since its inception as Going Organic in 2004.

Becky Lipton, the non-profit association’s executive director, said inquiries about organic production continue to come in on a regular basis — although the recent economic downturn and surge in prices for conventional agricultural commodities did result in the loss of a handful of members.

Monday, 01 April 2013 19:47

Organic food benefits touted

By Harley Richards - Red Deer Advocate

In November 2012, California voters narrowly defeated Proposition 37 — a plebiscite that, if passed, would have resulted in mandatory labelling of genetically engineered foods in that state.

Opponents argued that such a measure would have added billions of dollars to food costs, without providing health or safety benefits. Proponents insisted that consumers have a right to know what’s in their food.

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