On Sept.13th, a private member’s bill was introduced in Ontario legislature that, if passed, will regulate organic claims within this province.
The Bill has received support from all three general farm organizations, as well as a long list of commodity groups and producer's associations who see the need for better oversight of organic claims. It will be debated in legislature this November.
Why is Organic Regulation Needed?
Currently, any producer or business can label their products or services organic within Ontario, as long as they don’t use the Canada Organic Logo. There is little to prevent any corner store, farm stand, or market vendor from putting an organic label on any item, regardless of how it was produced. This is unfair to all businesses, certified or not, who meet or exceed the requirements of the organic standards.
When consumers trust the word organic, all those who make organic claims benefit. The more the term gets watered down by meaningless, inaccurate or confusing claims, the more all organic businesses suffer.
Here are a few more reasons this Bill is needed.
How can I Help?
If you want to make sure the Bill passes, you can:
Call or visit your MPP and tell them that you believe they should vote for this bill. This is the best way to get your message heard!
Email your MPP to ask for their support, if you haven't done so already.
Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #actONorganic.
For more information on the Organic Products Act, visit the Organic Council of Ontario's Website.