|January 10, 2005,
Guelph Mercury/Agnet: Canada’s organic
industry is suffering for a lack of official seal, members
of the billion-dollar industry say. It seems many companies
are hoping to benefit from the increased interest in organic
products unfortunately not all of them are organic.
"They're riding the coattails of the organic industry
and boy are they getting a good ride,” Wallace
Hamm, a general manager of Organic Crop Producers &
Processors Inc., was quoted as saying. “The term
is definitely being abused."
While the problem may be solved if the long awaited
Canadian organic seal comes in 2005 as expected, many
in the industry hope the creditability of the industry
has not been jeopardized by then.
The discussion on the problem of so-called "eco-labels"
as well as the new organic standards will be taken on
by a team of exports at the 2005 Organic Conference
at the University of Guelph. One of the top visited
lectures at last years conference organizers are hoping
for another strong turn out this year.
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