Organics - Frequently Asked Questions

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 What is organic production?
Production systems that are certified organic adhere to specific standards and guidelines in their production and processing operations. Organic production systems exclude the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizer, growth regulators and livestock feed additives such as antibiotics. The principles of organic farming are outlines in 'The National Standard of Canada for Organic Agriculture' document. An organic farm is one that has adhered to the standards for a minimum of three years.

Do consumers buy organic products?
Organic foods seem to fit with and appeal to the current key traits, concerns and values of the Canadian population. Those who purchase organic products range from the health-conscious teenagers, to concerned mothers, to aging baby boomers. Organic consumers are educated, found in any age group and income range. Not only are organic consumers becoming mainstream, so are the channels for purchasing organic products. It is clear that organics are here to stay.

How do I become certified?
Certification is an annual procedure where a third party inspection confirms that the product or process conforms to organic standards. Private sector certification bodies provide organic certification.

For more information on organic production and processing contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Links for more information:
Organic Agriculture: Getting Started
Organic Industry Directory

Prepared by Kathy Bosse, Ag-Info Centre, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development
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This information published to the web on September 25, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on November 16, 2017.