OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - For the third consecutive year, the
Canadian Organic Growers and Canada Organic Trade Association are
partnering with groups across the country to celebrate Organic Week in
This energized week recognizes the environmental and community-building
contributions of organic growers and businesses in both urban and rural
communities. From organic farm tours to harvest meals to wine
tastings—there are dozens of events taking place across the country. A
school contest is also encouraging children to get their hands dirty
and better understand farming.
"In Canada, there are more than 3700 organic growers," said Beth
McMahon, Executive Director of the Canadian Organic Growers. "Organic
Week is an opportunity to applaud their commitment to the environment
and a healthy food system. We really encourage people to get to know
Organizers of Organic Week are also taking the opportunity to highlight
the strong growth of the sector: with 66.5% growth in organic farms
since 2001, according to the latest Census of Agriculture. The value of
the organic market is now valued at more than $2.6 billion in sales,
and has grown by 160% since 2006.
"Organics are a tightly regulated and inspected system, which prohibits
synthetic toxins, GMOs and many additives in growing and processing,"
said Matthew Holmes, Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade
Association. "As people continue to look to reduce exposure to
synthetic chemicals and genetically modified ingredients, as well
support environmentally-friendly choices, demand for organics will only
To find out more about events in your area, visit www.organicweek.ca.
Organic Week was made possible this year by champion sponsors Nature's
Path Foods, Hain Celestial Canada, The Big Carrot, Mill St. Brewery,
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, The Canadian Health Food
Association, and UNFI Canada; as well as national supporters Ambrosia
Organic Growers, Beretta, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition,
Earthbound Farm, Ecocert, Ethical Bean Coffee, Fruit D'Or, Grainworks
Inc., Kamut International, Left Coast Naturals, Nature's Fare Markets,
Organic Garage, Organic Meadow, ShaSha Bread Co., Silk Soy Beverage,
SunOpta, Taste of Nature, and USC Canada.
SOURCE: CANADA ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Matthew Holmes, Executive Director
Canada Organic Trade Association