Organic Friends' E‑zine: December 2016

The Director and staff of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada would like to wish you and yours every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

In this issue:

Participate in the 2016-2017 Canadian Organic Research Needs and Priorities Assessment

We want your input! Have your say in guiding research priorities for Canada’s organic sector. Collect your thoughts with a group of peers and participate in the 2016-17 assessment of organic research needs and priorities.

A clear list of research priorities is needed to guide provincial and national funding initiatives and inform researchers as to where they should direct their efforts. The Research Needs Task Force of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable is leading this initiative; data is being collected and summarized by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University.

See below or visit the OACC website for more details, videos to inspire and instruct you through the process, and forms to submit with your input by February 28, 2017.

Practical Resources

The Science behind Organic Agriculture

Seed Production and Plant Breeding


Scientific Results

Nutrition, Safety and Health of Organic Foods

  • Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Organic Foods in the United States
    • Journal of Food Protection (2016) 11: 1953-1958
      Note: these results are from the U.S. and do not necessarily reflect Canadian data. The paper is not limited to “certified organic” products, but includes all events where the word “organic” has been included in reports or press releases, etc. The study also recognizes that incidences of foodborne illness are increasing also in non-organic products. In Canada, all organic producers and processors must follow the same food safety and handling guidelines as their non-organic counterparts, in addition to meeting the Canadian organic standard. Nevertheless, in the organic sector we must remain vigilant in maintaining the highest food safety standards and continuously work toward improving practices to minimize risk.

Organic in Canada

News & Articles of Interest


Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture - Online Courses Offered in the Winter 2017 Semester

Student, Job and Apprentice Opportunities


Event Location Date
2017 Organic Agronomy Training Program Saskatoon, SK

Lacombe, AB
January 10, 2017
January 12, 2017
2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Lexington, Kentucky January 25-26, 2017
Guelph Organic Conference
Guelph, ON January 26-29, 2017
Organic Alberta Conference
Lacombe, AB
February 17-18, 2017
COABC Conference Nanaimo, BC February 24-26, 2017
Organic Farming and Soil Management Session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly Vienna, Austria April 23-28, 2017
19th Organic World Congress
New Delhi, India November 9-11, 2017



Organic Friends' E-Zine December 2016, Volume 13, Issue 2
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