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Canadian organic sector responds to The National Post


To: The National Post
Re: “
Canada’s organic food certification system ‘little more than an extortion racket,’ report says”, published November 24, 2012

This article covers a report that is an untruthful and indefensible indictment of Canada’s organic farmers and business people, who take great pride in providing consumers with a complete seed-to-fork system premised on integrity, traceability and transparency.

On behalf of Canada’s 3,900 organic growers and 1,200 processors, we the undersigned voice our unwavering support for the Canadian Organic Products Regulations in providing the public with the most scrutinized and inspected food production system available.

Canada’s organic food system must meet all food safety and regulatory requirements, including random testing for chemical residue. Testing is, and always has been, one of the many enforcement and inspection mechanisms available during surprise spot-checks or when an inspector determines that testing is merited. Organic farmers and processors undergo mandatory annual third-party audits and site inspections.

The authors of the Frontier Centre report are well-established opponents of organic, vocal in their support of GMOs, who have produced a heavily biased document. We are shocked by the media attention this has received, which is obviously intended to generate controversy where none exists.

Organic products have been proven through numerous peer-reviewed studies to contain significantly less pesticides and pesticide residues, in an environment already contaminated from years of toxic pollution. Organic farmers and businesses are working hard to reverse this trend and to create an alternative system to conventional agriculture. GMOs, artificial preservatives and colouring are not allowed in organic production.

Canadian scientists studying organic agriculture seek alternatives to the use of toxic, persistent chemicals and crowding livestock through innovation and a better understanding of how our ecosystems work. From soils to food processing, the science of organic agriculture has clearly shown significant, measureable environmental benefits. The testing of pesticide residues does nothing to assure the end consumer about the holistic management of the farm, such as the source of seeds, humane conditions of livestock, and overall land stewardship.

For the real story, you are encouraged to contact any of the following organizations.


Canada Organic Trade Association
Canadian Organic Growers
International Organic Inspectors Association
Organic Federation of Canada
Canadian Health Food Association
Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia
Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association
Pacific Agricultural Certification Society
Vitins Consulting
Saskatchewan Organic Directorate
Organic Council of Ontario
Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
Nature’s Path Foods
Whole Foods Market
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada
International Certification Services, Inc.
Atlantic Certified Organic
Organic Alberta
Atlantic Certified Organic Cooperative
PEI Certified Organic Producers Co-op
Atlantic Certified Organic Cooperative
Growers of Organic Food Yukon
Klippers Organics
Nature’s Bounty Farm
Organic Advocacy & Consultation
CCOF Certification Services, LLC
BC Association for Regenerative Agriculture
Close to Home Organics
OCIA Canada Chapter Support Group
OCIA Canada Interim Board

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