The Organic Council of Ontario participates in various conferences throughout the year in order to provide input in the sustainable food conversation as well as engage in education, outreach and networking with organizations, farmers, business’, individuals and those across the food system.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES:

 

Bring Food Home Conference: November 17th – 2oth, 2013, Windsor, Ontario

Basic CMYKOrganized by Sustain Ontario, Bring Food Home is Ontario’s biennial conference connecting those individuals and organizations who are working towards a sustainable food system. As a Member of Sustain Ontario and part of their Advisory Committee, OCO has acted as an organizing partner for this conference, participating in the programming committee as well as moderating a workshop on sustaining agriculture

This lively three day conference will include dynamic keynote speakers, panels, hands-on workshops, inspiring presentations, and action planning sessions. In addition to the main conference, There will be a celebratory banquet on the second night of the conference. There will be a trade show throughout the entire conference, as well as networking spaces. The conference menu will showcase healthy and local foods.

This year’s theme “Building Bridges Together” acknowledges our collective need to bring together individuals and organizations from diverse sectors to generate action on food and farming issues. From public policy to accessibility, business support to the environment, this year’s program will cover a wide range of issues and make space for new and on-going conversations.

Online registration is now available on the Bring Food Home Registration page. Attendees can register for the full conference or for single day passes.  Earlybird pricing ends October 18th.

 

 14th Annual ACORN Conference and Trade Show: Cultivating Organic Resilience

cultivating organic resilience

The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) invites all those interested in organic agriculture to join them for their 2013 Conference & Trade Show: Cultivating Organic Resilience. Registration is now open for the three-day event taking place November 20th-22nd at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton, New Brunswick.

ACORN is please pleased to offer nearly sixty workshops featuring a wealth of regional and out-of-region expertise on organic farming topics ranging from livestock to vegetables, financials to marketing, and everything in between! See full program details here.

Jodi Koberinski, Executive Director of the Organic Council of Ontario will be travelling to New Brunswick for the conference and delivering two presentations

Demystifying Food Labels: Understanding the Organic Claim:

In this talk, Jodi will unravel some of the complexities and misconceptions surrounding organic foods. She will help the audience to better understand food labels and the legitimacy of the organic claim. Included in this will be a discussion of the difference between claims and labels such as organic, natural, sustainable and ecological as well as a comparison of these with the concept of “local.” With an explanation of how certification works, listeners will understand how they know that their food is organic and where to find it. Finally, the talk will discuss how organics can provide you with many health benefits.

Demanding Organic for Health

Jodi will begin by providing a brief overview of Canada’s organic sector- its history, the development and adoption of national standards, and the current state of the sector. She will then look at some of the studies being used to discredit organic foods and how their findings are being misused to draw conclusions by addressing common scientific “blunders” like “third party authority”. Finally, she will walk the audience through the overwhelming body of evidence pointing to the health benefits of organic foods as well as the many environmental benefits of organic agriculture that are often unacknowledged by negative press.

33rd Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo: Catching the Wave

catching the waveThis annual 4-day event includes international speakers, seminars and workshops on key topics and issues in the organic sector including G.E. foods, organic production/certification, changing climates, permaculture and agroecological concepts, sustainable building, farmland protection, food security and home/urban gardening. From producer to consumer, the conference offers something for everyone.

The Conference also includes an Organic Expo/Tasting Fair with 150+ exhibitors (includes 30+ food samplers)  free to the public. This is your opportunity to sample and purchase a wealth of organic, fair trade products. Meet the makers, movers & shakers and discover how to make many positive changes in your life.

Jodi Koberinski, Executive Director of the Organic Council of Ontario will be hosting a meet and greet at this years Guelph Organic Conference. In this talk, Jodi will unravel some of the complexities and misconceptions surrounding organic foods. She will help the audience to better understand food labels and the legitimacy of the organic claim. Included in this will be a discussion of the difference between claims and labels such as organic , natural, sustainable and ecological as well as a comparison of these with the concept of “local.” With an explanation of how certification works, listeners will understand how they know that their food is organic and how to find it. Finally, the talk will discuss how organics can provide you with many health benefits.