Spring 2018

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Table of Contents


Organic Principles Through the Years
BY JOANNE THIESSEN MARTENS
Creating and Maintaining Organic Standards
BY NICOLE BOUDREAU
BY LYZETTE LAMONDIN
Putting the Organic Principles into Action
BY KATE STOREY
The Organic Science Cluster II
BY THE ORGANIC FEDERATION OF CANADA AND THE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE CENTRE OF CANADA
Should Organic Standards Do More to Protect Natural Ecosystems?
BY LEE MCFADYEN
Biodiversity and the Organic Standards: An Inspector’s View
BY STUART MCMILLAN
Book Review: The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook
BY REBECCA VITO
COG Library Update
BY NICOLE CHARTRAND
Social Standards in Food Production
BY JOANNE THIESSEN MARTENS
Hydroponics and Food Security
BY JOANNE THIESSEN MARTENS
How The Organic Standards Address Inputs
BY EVAN THOMSEN, OMRI SENIOR PRODUCT REVIEW COORDINATOR
Organic Regulations Across Canada
ADAPTED FROM THE ORGANIC COUNCIL OF ONTARIO
Private Member’s Bill Aims to Support Ontario Organic
BY CAROLYN YOUNG
‘Organic’ Now Really Means Organic: New B.C. Bill Provides Clarity for Consumers
BY ARZEENA HAMIR
Time for Our Own Organic Act?
BY PADDY DOHERTY

We cover a lot of topics in the pages of The Canadian Organic Grower, all of which relate to the organic community in some way, but it is not often that we step back to take a hard look at ourselves and what ‘organic’ really means.


In this issue of TCOG, we look back at how we got to where we are today—the principles guiding organic agriculture and the development of our current Canadian Organic Standards and Organic Products Regulation.

We also examine where we are right now—how the provinces are bringing the national standards into force within their own jurisdictions and how farmers put standards into practice in their own operations. We also look ahead to where we might want to improve the organic standards—something we all ought to consider in the lead-up to the standards review beginning later this year.


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