Organic Friends' E‑zine: December 2017

Photos of the Month, by Andrew Hammermeister

Taken during Andy's travels to India for the Organic World Congress (OWC) in November 2017. Please see the OACC Director's Message for image descriptions.

In this issue:

OACC Director's Message

The organic movement is alive and well as demonstrated by the over 2,500 participants at the Organic World Congress (OWC) in New Delhi, India. I had many opportunities to connect with organic leaders from around the world including farmers, scientists, government, NGO representatives and businesses. I attended a preconference on how organic innovation can be applied to developing countries. Perhaps the most inspiring news at the OWC was the announcement that Sikkim, a state in India, has now become fully organic. We heard organic sector leaders from around the world discuss and debate key issues facing the future of organic agriculture. The tradeshow Biofach India provided an amazing display of organic products from locally adapted seed to organic hair colour. After the conference I attended IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Organics International’s General Assembly where the membership elects the Board, and votes on key motions and positions that guide the future of the organization and movement. After the meetings I had the amazing opportunity to have a short visit at a biodynamic village in the Himalayan mountains. Travelling to the OWC provides not only opportunities to meet with others inspired by the organic movement, but also an opportunity to experience culture in another country. In New Delhi you could see the disparity between the wealthy and poor who are trying to simply survive, but at the same time I saw tremendous richness in the simplicity of life in the Himalayas. It is such a privilege to have had this opportunity and I will ponder it through the holiday season. I wish everyone a very happy holiday and a fulfilling year to come.



Andy Hammermeister, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Director, OACC

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture


Organic Science Cluster II

Latest Research Results

Theme A. Field Crops

Theme C. Crop Pests

Practical Resources

Seed Production and Plant Breeding

Scientific Results


Nutrition, Safety and Health of Organic Foods

Organic in Canada


Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture - Online Courses Offered in the Winter 2018 Semester

Student, Job and Apprentice Opportunities


Event Location Date
37th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show
Guelph, ON
January 25-28, 2018
2018 Organic Farming Research Conference
Call for Abstracts now open, until November 3, 2017
Rutgers University, NJ January 26, 2018
Online CSA Conference. ACORN Online February 5-6, 2018
Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Brandon, MB February 23-24, 2018



Organic Friends' E-Zine December 2017, Volume 15, Issue 14
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