Eas­ing the tran­si­tion to or­ganic

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The Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers (COG) has launched a new ini­tia­tive to sup­port Eastern On­tario farm­ers to tran­si­tion to or­ganic suc­cess­fully.

Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP Jim McDonell’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mar­i­lyn McMa­hon, and Jac­ques Héroux, an On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion vol­un­teer, were at the 35th an­nual Eco Farm Days at the Ra­mada Inn Corn­wall to con­grat­u­late COG and hear more about how the $543,600 OTF Grow grant will cre­ate in­creased eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties while bet­ter­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Bill 54, the Or­ganic Prod­ucts Act, 2018, pro­hibits the mar­ket­ing and la­belling of prod­ucts as “or­ganic” un­less they have been cer­ti­fied as or­ganic in ac­cor­dance with the Act,” said Mr. McDonell. “It pro­tects and se­cures the in­dus­try’s brand­ing, and thus al­lows them to grow and ex­pand their busi­nesses with con­fi­dence.”

The new ini­tia­tive, Grow­ing Eastern On­tario Or­gan­i­cally (GEO-O), is a three-year pilot project to tackle the real and per­ceived ob­sta­cles of tran­si­tion­ing to or­ganic. Build­ing on the feed­back from farm­ers of COG’s re­cently com­pleted Or­ganic Suc­cess pro­gram, GEO-O is an on­the-ground ini­tia­tive to sup­port farm­ers through men­tor­ship, fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives, and on-site ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

“Or­ganic farm­ing is an im­por­tant sec­tor of On­tario’s Agri-Food in­dus­try,” adds Mr. McDonell. “To­day’s con­sumer ex­pects qual­ity pro­duce and the cer­tainty that their pur­chases meet the pub­lished Cana­dian Or­ganic Food stan­dards.”

Founded in 1975, the Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers is Canada’s na­tional or­ganic farmer and con­sumer as­so­ci­a­tion and is a reg­is­tered ed­u­ca­tional char­ity.

It of­fers train­ing and re­sources to raise aware­ness about or­gan­ics and as­sist farm­ers and gar­den­ers in adopt­ing sus­tain­able and com­mer­cially vi­able, or­ganic pro­duc­tion meth­ods. They are en­gaged in pol­icy work and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment at the lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional level and of­fer a voice for or­ganic farm­ers and con­sumers to gov­ern­ments on mat­ters re­lated to food and farm­ing. COG’s mis­sion is to lead lo­cal and na­tional com­mu­ni­ties to­wards sus­tain­able or­ganic stew­ard­ship of land, food and fi­bre while re­spect­ing na­ture, up­hold­ing so­cial jus­tice and pro­tect­ing nat­u­ral re­sources. For more in­for­ma­tion see https://www.cog.ca

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