Organics Value Chain Roundtable
Consumer demand for organically grown and processed food has increased dramatically in recent years. As a result, Canada's organic market is flourishing. Any agricultural product that is labelled organic must comply with Canadian organic standards.
The Organics Value Chain Roundtable builds a shared understanding of the Canadian organic sector's competitive position and creates consensus on how to improve its performance and profitability. Members represent multiple commodities and a wide cross section of the Canadian organic value chain including producers, processors, distributors, retailers, food service and exporters, as well as provincial and federal government representatives.
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The following task forces address challenges in the sector and develop action plans in strategic areas.
- Increasing Supply
- Research Needs Assessment
- Carbon Sequestration and Pricing
- Organic Public Trust
- Strategic Planning
The next Roundtable meeting will take place February 28 to March 1, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Meeting summary – Records of Decision
- Paddy Doherty – West Enderby Farms Ltd.
- Sandra Gagné – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Allison Grant – Southfield Organics
- Andrew Hammermeister – Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University
- Becky Lipton – Organic Alberta
- Marie-Eve Levert – USC Canada
- Tia Loftsgard – Canada Organic Trade Association
- Connie Kehler – Canadian Herb, Specialty Ag and Natural Health Product Coalition
- Dag Flack – Natures Path Foods Inc.
- Jérôme-Antoine Brunelle – Union des producteurs agricoles
- Keith Everts – Diamond Willow Range
- Lisa Mumm – Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds
- Ashley St Hilaire – Canadian Organic Growers
- Marion McBride – Farmer Direct Cooperative
- Sally Bernard – Barnyard Organics, ACORN
- Sally Blackman – Canadian Produce Marketing Association
- Janice Melanson – Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN)
- Tom Manley – Homestead Organics
- François Handfield – Ferme aux petits oignons
- Tim Rundle – Creative Salmon
- Dunling Wang – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
- Laurie Adrien – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
- Keri Sharpe – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
- Laura Telford – Manitoba Department of Agriculture
- Nicolas Turgeon – Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation Québec
- Susan Smith – British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
- Anna North – British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
- Valeriya Staykova – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Marie-Claire Hurteau – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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