Improving Access to Organic Inputs in Canada

The Canadian Organic Inputs Project

In 2018 & 2019, OCO worked in partnership with the Organic Value Chain Round Table’s task force on organic inputs to produce a feasibility study for the creation of a permanent, dynamic national database of organic inputs. The study recommended three approaches to the creation of an inputs database, and suggested that a series of shared guidance documents were needed to harmonize the inputs approval process across the sector.

Current Goals

In the fall of 2019, the partnership was granted further funding to pursue the recommendations of the feasibility study. The current goals of the project are:

  1. To develop a permanent national public resource through which organic operators can find information about approved inputs;
  2. To collaborate on a set of mutually agreed-upon procedures that will bring consistency and clarity to the processes by which inputs are reviewed and approved in Canada;
  3. To build rapport among members of the inputs approval community, for the benefit of the whole Canadian organic sector.

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