Organic council pushes for regulation
November 12, 2019 - The Organic Council of Canada says a survey of 94 stakeholders indicates support for its push to have the province regulate the industry.
The survey also indicated small-scale organic producers need supports to achieve and maintain certification.
“Organic regulation is looking like more of a real possibility in Ontario, as we continue to engage with policymakers,” said Carolyn Young, executive director of the Organic Council of Ontario.
“Most of our respondents indicated that they are in favour of regulation, in principle, as long as small-scale supports are also created.
“Once regulation is in place, small operators will be required to have certification to use the word organic. So we want to make sure that it is realistic and viable for them to become certified.”
As part of the survey, OCO asked whether alternative forms of certification for “low-risk” farms would be a reasonable solution.
They would face fewer inspections if they demonstrate good behaviour for at least three years, the council suggests.
“The results of the survey indicated that while this approach would be welcomed by many producers, other supports are still needed,” the council said.
“The cost of certification is a concern for many farmers, which is why British Columbia has a low-risk program.” said Young.
“In other jurisdictions, there are also certification subsidies to help with this, as well as some organic-oriented extension services such as technical supports and training. OCO is now looking at alternative ways of funding them.”
Tribunal okays CFFO, OFA accreditation
November 12, 2019 - The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture have received approval for stable funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal.
There were public hearings at the end of September and nobody showed up to oppose their applications for re-accreditation.
There is no word yet on the application filed by the Ontario Branch of the National Farmers Union.
Cilantro on recall
November 12, 2019 - Canada Herb is recalling Canada Herb brand culantro (Ngò Gai) due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency detected the salmonella food-poisoning bacteria.
The CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses associated with this product. The recall is for Ontario only.
Elmira youth places third in speaker contest
November 9, 2018 - Nate Caughill of Melancthon won the junior division championship for the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Competition held during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Casey Riddle, Elmira, placed third in the senior division.
The winner in the senior division was Emmett Sawyer of Acme, Alberta.