Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on December 24, 2012 that an arrangement on trade in organic products was reached between Canada and Switzerland.
Canada has similar arrangements with the United States and European Union.
Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Recognition - Guidance Document for Canadian Importers and Exporters.
by Robert Arnason
Leaning across a book-signing table from David Suzuki, Sid Stevenson, a young farmer from Kenton, Man., listened carefully to Canada’s most famous environmentalist and his thoughts on modern agriculture.
by Brenda Frick
Guy McPherson of the University of Arizona says it well when he reminds us where our first allegiance should lie.
“If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.”
McPherson is reminding us that we are part of the earth, not the other way around, and she is entitled to our respect.
On September 7, 2011, the Government of Canada distributed a consultation document among a broad range of interested stakeholders regarding policy approaches for managing the low-level presence of genetically modified crops imported into Canada. The government was seeking stakeholders’ feedback on a suite of three proposed approaches for the managing LLP in imports. The consultation process ended on November 25, 2011. Redfern Research was contracted to assess the results and produce this report.
This report provides a comprehensive and unbiased summary of the input provided by participants during the consultation process. Its content should not be understood as reflecting the opinion of the Government of Canada.
Organic standards strictly prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms in organic production. For organic farmers, that means canola can be a problem weed. Canola seeds in a crop sample can prevent an organic sale.