First Ever National Organic Sector Report Highlights Manitoba’s Strengths, Calls for Consumer Protections and Critical Measures for Sector Growth
July 17, 2017 — Ottawa — The State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017 analyzes the existing organic policy frameworks among Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments. As the first of its kind, the report is a benchmark, demonstrating the current state of affairs.
The report highlights Manitoba’s strengths, including:
Importantly, the report draws attention to gaps in organic regulations across the country. Jurisdictions with these gaps create an unequal playing field for organic businesses, hinder sector growth and fail to protect consumers.
The report also notes:
The report is available for download from: www.ota.com/canada-ota/what-cota-does/government-relations-regulatory-affairs.
“Canadian consumers and businesses need to see more government support of the organic sector in Canada,” said Tia Loftsgard, executive director of the Canada Organic Trade Association. “A consistent framework across Canada would create a level playing field for organic businesses to thrive and increase consumer confidence. We have been encouraged by the positive conversations with government leading up to this report.”
“We are proud of Organic Sector achievements in Manitoba that contribute to national strength, and will continue advance our interests in collaboration with national partners.” said Kate Storey, President of the Manitoba Organic Alliance.
The Canada Organic Trade Association has three recommendations for government.
About the Canada Organic Trade Association
The Canada Organic Trade Association is the membership-based association for the organic sector in Canada: representing growers, processors, certifiers, provincial farmers’ associations, importers, exporters, retailers and others throughout the organic value chain. COTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. COTA brings together the diversity of Canada’s organic sector: from farmer and processor to retail, including food products, fibre and textiles, personal care, and emerging sectors such as organic aquaculture.
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Local Contact: Kate Storey, Manitoba Organic Alliance, 204-546-2099