THE BIODYNAMIC FARMING AND GARDENING SOCIETY OF ONTARIO JOINS THE ORGANIC COALITION OF ONTARIO

The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Society of Ontario recently joined the Organic Coalition of Ontario (OCO), as a way to more closely collaborate with other agricultural groups with whose values it aligns.

The Organic Coalition of Ontario (https://www.organiccouncil.ca/) is a membership-based, not-for-profit trade association that works on behalf of everyone involved in Ontario’s organic sector, “from field to plate.

Its members are farmers, producers, input suppliers, food processors, marketers, distributors, certifiers, retailers, NGOs, educators, researchers, and consumers. OCO belongs to the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), representing members’ interests regarding Canada’s Organic Standards through the OFC and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. They also have strong relationships with the Canada Organic Trade Organization(COTA), The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), and the Canadian Organic Growers(COG).

The Society is pleased to pursue this new relationship, and to access the services and resources provided by OCO for its members. Stay tuned for more information, as this relationship develops!

Recently, OCO:

● Developed a bill to regulate the word “organic” within the province of Ontario to ensure a fair playing field and consumer confidence. The bill was co-sponsored by two parties and endorsed by over ten partner organizations;
● developed an Ontario Organic directory to help source inputs and ingredients, connect with other local organic businesses and to promote member businesses to the public;
● collaborated on the Canada Organic Trade Association’s (COTA) provincial report card;
● represented Ontario the organic sector in over twenty mainstream and agricultural media outlets, including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and CBC radio;
● participated in the development of the National Agricultural Policy Framework to ensure strategic funding for the Ontario organic sector;
● showcased members at events and trade shows throughout the province; and
● pushed back against GE Alfalfa yet again and supported the mandatory labeling bill .