Lobbying at Organic Parliament Day 2014

On Oct 28th and 29th 2014 staff and board members from the Organic Council of Ontario attended an important lobbying day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Organized by the Canadian Organic Trade Association, the organic lobbying day is an...

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Feedback Request on Models for Small Scale Certification

To Certify or Not To Certify: The perspective of small-scale organic farmers Local +organic = a win-win situation for growers, consumers and the environment.   Small-scale organic farmers represent the face of the Canadian organic...

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New Video About Organic: Think Animal Welfare

    Organic Council of Ontario is pleased to introduce the first in our “Think Before You Eat” video series, “Think Animal Welfare”. Learn from organic farmers and advocates about the importance of...

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Farm Tour: Understanding Terroir at Southbrook Vineyards

  ‘Think Before You Eat’ Farm Tour and Sampling Fair Featuring wines from our hosts Southbrook Vineyards, a talk, and short tour followed by tapas selections prepared by the Think Before You Eat Organic...

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OCO Farm Tour: Learning about organic farming one farm at a time

By Mary Ellen Wales A few weeks ago, I had the delightful opportunity to spend a whole day in the country learning about organic farming here in Ontario. I was one of the many who took in the semi-annual organic farm tour hosted by the...

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OrganicInputs.ca Becomes The Main National List of Approved Inputs

In the spring of 2014, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) and the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS) agreed to support OrganicInputs.ca as the main national inputs directory, in replacement of their own...

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Add Your Voice to Protect Pollinators from Neonicotinoid Poisoning

On the heels of a damning report on the role of systemic pesticides in bee die-offs, Ontario’s Agriculture Minister proposes restrictions on the use of #neonicotinoids. Please see the Organic Council of Ontario press release,...

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Organic Council of Ontario Supports Restrictions of Neonicotinoids

On the heels of another damning report on the role of systemic pesticides in bee die-offs, Ontario’s Agriculture Minister proposes restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids. The Organic Council of Ontario applauds Ontario Minister...

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OCO Summer Farm Tour: Commercial Opportunities for Ontario Farmers

The Organic Council of Ontario would like to invite you to tour commercial-scale organic operations: a sheep and grain operation, a state-of-the-art dairy operation, and an organic farm/ distributor. Lunch will be provided. Organics...

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New Brunswick Gets an Organic Regulation: When Will Ontario?

The use of the term “organic” in Canada just got a little clearer, and the Organic Council of Ontario hopes the that New Brunswick’s new regulation leads to similar legislation in Ontario. On June 16th 2014, New Brunswick announced that...

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A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection

The Safe Food for Canadians Act will strengthen and streamline legislative authorities across all food in Canada, whether it is imported or prepared domestically. This will make food safer for Canadians families and increase trade...

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Silent Spring 2.0 Awaits While Governments Ignore Calls for a Neonicotinoid Moratorium

By Jodi Koberinski, OCO Advocacy Working Group. June 28th 2014. The time for indecision and “benefit of the doubt” decision-making is long past. The weight of a recent study known as the Worldwide Integrated Assessment...

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