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Canadian Organic Growers applauds new organic regulation

September 5, 2006

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (Sept. 5, 2006):  Canadian Organic Growers (COG), Canada’s largest national organic organization, applauds the Government of Canada’s new organic products regulation (available at www.cog.ca).

“The organic regulation will help put Canadian agriculture on the path towards sustainability” said Janine Gibson, COG’s national President. “The regulation and the new Canada organic label will not only make it easier for Canadian consumers to identify home grown organic products, it will also create new market opportunities that will bring more farmers into the system. This is good news for both the environment and the consumer.”

The organic regulation is the result of an extensive consultation process involving organic farmers, processors, certification bodies and organic exporters and importers. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the responsible agency, the goal of the national organic regime is to “…facilitate international market access, provide protection to consumers against deceptive and misleading labelling practices and support the further development of the domestic market.” http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2006/20060902/html/regle2-e.html

“We have been very impressed with the level of consultation with the organic sector throughout the government’s regulatory process”, said Laura Telford, Executive Director of COG. “The process has been transparent and driven by the interests of the organic sector. We hope that this industry-government partnership will continue to mature throughout the implementation process and beyond.”

Organic food production bans the use of genetically modified organisms, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and focuses on improving soil fertility. The move to organic will bring a range of environmental benefits such as clean water and enhanced biodiversity and it will offer consumers greater access to a range of healthy food choices.

For more information on the standards and regulation click here