By Robert Arnason The Western Producer, July 17, 2017
In its first state of the industry report, Canada’s Organic Trade Association has said that organic regulations across the country are inconsistent and a number of provinces “do not have any regulation at all.”
What that means is that locally produced organic food in certain provinces can be promoted and sold locally as “organic,” even though the farmer hasn’t been certified as an organic producer.
Those provinces include Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
“If you grow, whatever it is, in Saskatchewan and you’re selling it within Saskatchewan, you don’t have to be certified organic to call it organic,” said Marla Carlson, executive director of Sask Organics, a farmer led organization.
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