Livestock must be raised organically and fed 100 per cent organic feed ingredients. Some crops are more challenging than others to grow organically; however, nearly every commodity can be produced organically.
The world market for organic food has grown for over 15 years. It is estimated that imported products make up over 70 per cent of the organic food consumed in Canada.
Federal government websites always use a or domain.
Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a or site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar. The https:// means all transmitted data is encrypted — in other words, any information or browsing history that you provide is transmitted securely.
Cover crops and composted manure are used to maintain soil organic matter and fertility.
Preventative insect and disease control methods are practiced, including crop rotation, improved genetics and resistant varieties.
The Permitted Substances List identifies substances permitted for use as a pesticides in organic agriculture.
All grains, forages and protein supplements fed to livestock must be organically grown.
Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people.
The principal goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment.