CAN (AB): Organic legislation comes into effect

On April 1st, 2019, the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act will come into effect. Along with the establishment of the Local Food Council, and Local Food Week, the legislation mandates that anyone who uses the term “organic”, must be certified in accordance with the very stringent federal Organic Products Regulations.

“In Alberta 74% of all Albertans buy organic, but one of the things that we often hear is how do I really know that it is organic, how do I trust it? Now because of the legislation, all Albertans can have complete confidence that all local food that says it is organic meets the stringent federal organic standards that are regulated by CFIA”, Becky Lipton, Executive Director of Organic Alberta, said. “You can trust the label, it’s the law”.

Over the next few months, Organic Alberta will be rolling out a consumer education program. The goal is to provide Albertans with a credible resource to Get the Facts about all things organic. “We know that Albertans are very interested to learn more about organics and I am very excited about the opportunity to share the facts. Organics includes so much more than just no synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, such as non-GMO, animal welfare standards etc. This education campaign will delve into those details.”

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