CBC News Coverage of the Need for Certified Organic Farms
In this article, Samantha Samson of CBC News Sudbury reports on why farmers in Northern Ontario may hesitate to become certified. In the article, new mom and co-owner of Field Good Farms, Isabelle Spence-Legault offers a common...
Exchange Magazine: Coverage of OCO's Grow Ontario Organic Research Project
Exchange Magazine shared our press release about our survey and research project which seek to identify barriers to growth in Ontario’s Organic industry. See the full release here.
OCO Wants to Know Why Organic Market is Flooded with Imports
Rodney Hiemstra of BlackburnNews.com Agrimedia shared news of OCO’s Grow Ontario Organic survey and research project today. He cited Carolyn Young’s comments about how the initial research shows that there are some common...
Organic An Effective Business Strategy for Ontario Farmers
The benefits of transitioning to organic production are at an all-time high. So why aren’t more Ontario farmers going organic? Ontario’s organic market is not meeting consumer demand. Imports are increasing, but local supply is not. The...
OMAFRA Shares Information About How to Prevent Barn Fires
Thank you to George McCaw, Director of Environmental Management Branch of OMAFRA, for providing the following information about the Ministry’s efforts to prevents barn fires. These are great resources for all Ontario...
OCO's Feedback on OMAFRA's Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy
In response to OMAFRA’s request for feedback on their discussion document, “Sustaining Ontario’s Agricultural Soils: Towards a Shared Vision,” OCO has solicited feedback from its members, board, and partner...
Canada's Organic Sector Recommends a Federal Investment in Organic to Combat Climate Change
In a joint document, leaders in Canada’s Organic Sector have made a clear call for support of Organic in the next Agricultural Policy Framework (the successor to Growing Forward 2). Among the recommendations made by the leaders...
Alliston Herald: Organic food labels can cause confusion
More feedback emerged from organic farms who support OCO’s push for regulation of organic products this week. Cookstown Greens is the latest farm to make its voice heard on this issue. “While there are responsible growers...
TVO: Provocative Coverage of the Organic Regulation Issue
TVO.org’s Corey Mintz provides some very thoughtful and somewhat incendiary coverage of the organic regulation issue in this article that asks, “Why are foods grown with pesticides and antibiotics considered normal? In a...
Globe and Mail: Ontario's Organic Farmers Want Labelling Loophole Closed
Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui was surprised, as were many consumers, to learn that not all products that get called “organic” in Ontario are actually certified under the Canada Organic Regime. In her story, published...
How to Grow Ontario Organic
Organic demand is growing. Driven by an ever-increasing consumer interest in health and nutrition, the organic food market has become “the most dynamic and rapidly growing sector of the global food industry.” In Ontario,...
OCO's Statement on Mexican-Canadian Equivalencies for the Tri-Ag National Accord
In October, representatives of the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) attended the Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Niagara Falls. The Accord is an annual meeting of agricultural officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States....