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Organic sector invited to submit requests for modifications to the Canadian Organic Standards (COS)

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in News

The Review of the COS is underway, and it is exhaustive: all sections of the organic standards have to be revised. The review exercise will take 2 years, and the objective is to publish the fully revised standard in 2015. After holding their first meeting to address issues already listed on the permanent work list, […]

Golden Rice: Scientific Realities

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 in News
Golden Rice: Scientific Realities

From GM Watch and GM-Free Cymru, 13 January 2014 Golden Rice (GR) is genetically engineered to contain increased levels of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A (also known as provitamin A). The rice is claimed to help cure blindness and other illnesses caused by vitamin A deficiency in the Third World. It is also claimed […]

Statement re: Pesticide Contamination in Organic

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 in News

A recent CBC article states nearly half the organic fresh fruits and vegetables tested across Canada in the past two years contained pesticide residue, according to analysis of data supplied by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Below is an open letter from OCO member the Canada Organic Trade Association January 2014 These data confirm […]

European Agency Warns of Risk to Humans in Pesticides Tied to Bee Deaths

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in News
European Agency Warns of Risk to Humans in Pesticides Tied to Bee Deaths

Originally Published in the New York Times Dec 17, 2013 LONDON — European food regulators said on Tuesday that a class of pesticides linked to the deaths of large numbers of honey bees might also harm human health, and they recommended that the European Commission further restrict their use. The commission, which requested the review, has […]

Acreage Rentals Available for Small Farm Businesses

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 in News
Acreage Rentals Available for Small Farm Businesses

Ignatious Farm  is offering an opportunity to lease land on their farm Dec 2013, Crop diversity within organic operations contributes to their productive and financial success. Ecological diversity combined with a Community Shared Agriculture model of marketing has proven to be successful for Ignatius Farm and other organic farms in Southern Ontario, particularly in vegetable […]