Posted  9 Sep, 2019 
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Organic Alberta: Sharing Food & Products, Sharing Knowledge

Happy Organic Week, Canada!

It’s a special year in Canada. This year, National Organic Week runs from September 9th to 15th and celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Organic Week is a celebration of organic food, products, and farming in Canada. It’s a time when we can reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country where all food and products are produced with health and safety as a top priority. It’s also a great time to learn about how organic production has grown and evolved in Canadian provinces and what it means for you and your family.

Organic Alberta: Sharing Food & Products, Sharing Knowledge

Organic Alberta is proud to be an organizer for National Organic Week in Canada. We’ve seen first-hand how dedicated Albertans are to creating a strong, sustainable, and united organic community in Alberta and across Canada. Organic Week brings farmers, producers, retailers, and organic shoppers together nation-wide.

You’ve been asking us about organic practices and we’ve been listening. You want answers to questions, like what are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and why do they matter? What’s the difference between conventional beef and organic beef? Who keeps track of organic food to make sure it’s grown or raised to the exacting standards as set out by the Canadian Organic Standards?

This Organic Week, we’ll be diving deeper into some of your most-asked questions about organic production.

Learn what’s allowed and not allowed under the Canadian Organic Guidelines, including herbicides and pesticides, antibiotics, GMOs, and more. We have three ways to keep in-the-know, so check them out at the bottom of the article to get the next six organic week articles delivered directly to your inbox. When you’ve read them all, come back to the quiz below and see how much you’ve learned about Organics in Canada!

Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Organic Production in Canada?

Do you think you have what it takes to be an organic expert? Answer these questions and find out! Answers will be provided in the final organic week article. You can get the facts and find all the articles here.

  1. What is the difference between a GMO product and a Genetically Engineered (GE) product?
  2. Can hormones be used when raising organic beef and chicken?
  3. How do organic farmers manage weeds in their fields if they can’t use herbicides like glyphosate?
  4. How do organic farmers treat sick animals when they can’t use antibiotics?
  5. What’s the difference between organic and synthetic fertilizer?
  6. What are three humane animal husbandry practices organic farmers must follow?
  7. Poop is poop…or is it?

You can also take the IQ quiz on the National Organic Week website to test your organic knowledge and win yourself some awesome prizes!

Get Involved in Organic Week

Let the celebrations begin! There are plenty of ways you can take part in Organic Week, from heading out for local activities and events to sharing your experiences with the national organic community.

Events & Activities

Special screening of award winning documentary FROM SEED TO SEED by Katharina Stieffenhofer, and Growing Local Productions at the Garneau Theatre on September 10th, in Edmonton. Learn more about the film.

Video Challenge

Submit a one-minute video about why you choose organic and win amazing prizs like organic gift baskets, organic coffee, and more!

Ways to Learn More

Do you want to learn more about what organically-grown means in Alberta? Would you value monthly updates on Alberta’s local organic sector – including legislation, farming practices, GMO regulation, and more? Now you can receive it the way you want to:

  1. By Email – become a member of Organic Alberta and we’ll deliver our latest article directly into your inbox.
  2. By Facebook Messenger – be the first to read the latest information.
  3. By Browser Notification – receive convenient notifications of new content the next time you’re online.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Governments of Canada and of Alberta. The Government of Canada, the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and its directors, agents, employees, or contractors will not be liable for any claims, damages, or losses of any kind whatsoever arising out of the use of, or reliance upon, this information.

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