Week of February 11th

Met with CBAN to discuss RR Alfalfa Stategy Finalizing CAAP research report on import replacement opportunities Interviewed potential interns for Co-farmer OCO Board Meeting Canadian Organic Growers ‘Organic Consumer Day’...

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3rd Annual Ontario Organic Awards Celebrate Dedication to Organics in Ontario

On Saturday, February, 2nd, the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) hosted the 3rd Annual Ontario Organic Awards to celebrate the dedication of the people and businesses that grow, process and sell Ontario’s organic bounty. The event ran...

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3rd Annual Ontario Organic Awards, 2013

The Ontario Organic Awards recognize and celebrates innovation in organic agriculture in Ontario. Awards are given to individuals and businesses which show consistent and pioneering efforts within Ontario’s organic sector. The 2013...

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Co-farmer Movement Workshop at the 2013 Guelph Organic Conference

This workshop took place at the 32nd Annual Guelph Organic Conference. Over 70 people attended the workshop. A summary of the workshop outcomes will be provided soon. Target audience: engaged consumers, organic activists, organic...

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Farmers Feed Cities Food Philosophy Study

The following article was written by OCO member and concerned consumer/farmer Andrew St. Jean in response to a study carried out by Farmers Feed Cities called the “Informed Food Philosophy Study”. Andrew points out right away...

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Strawman and Numbered Days: The Agrochemical Lobby and the Right Side of History

Is organic food “healthier”? If OCO had $5 for each time we’ve been asked this question, we could end our fundraising efforts tomorrow! A single recent study suggests copper and zinc is no higher in organic foods - and...

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Week of January 28th

Met with Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s Chris Holbasz to discuss Flocking Options Sustain Ontario Meat Working Group conference call Meeting with media specialist to discuss OCO’s core funding drive and OCO’s role as a...

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GM Alfalfa Campaign Update

-January 29th, 2013 An Update from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network As one farmer reports, “I think the question needs to be asked just exactly why these products are being developed. I haven’t heard a human cry...

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Certified Organic the Icing on the Cake at Sticklings Bakery

When asked why the owners of Sticklings Bakery choose to operate a certified organic bakery, the answer is simple. “We are doing what we believe in,” replies Michael Walter, the owner of the bakery since 1999. Yet, the staff at...

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How Good is Organic?

The following article was written by Ted Zettel. Ted sits on OCO’s Board of Directors and is the current Chair of the Organic Federation of Canada. He also has an organic farm in Bruce County, Ontario. In the following article he...

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Week of January 14th

Gave presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association on the latest research on the Ontario organic sector, great questions from the floor Developed three year innovation and shared risks...

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Yorkshire Valley Farms –Home Grown Taste

By Mary E. Wales- Yorkshire Valley Farms is bringing taste to Ontario’s tables – tasty chicken and turkey that is. The company processes certified organic chicken and turkey produced by 8 different farms located in Ontario. “A lot of...

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