Here are some websites that focus on organic food and agriculture and genetically engineered foods. (Please note that Organic Advocates - Knives & Forks does not necessarily endorse any of the organizations listed below.)
FarmFolk/CityFolk: excellent information and resources on organic agriculture and the environment with good links to other websites. FF/CF organizes the Feast of Fields in Vancouver and is a non-profit organization that strives to reduce the distance between field and table; reintegrate urban and rural concerns; utilize a holistic approach to the regeneration of community; and develop and maintain a just and sustainable food system
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario: includes upcoming farm tours and courses. EFAO has a mandate to communicate and share information about organic agriculture for both farmers and non-farmers
GaiaOne Knowledge Systems: Canada's host of organic information with links to certified- organic growers and retailers across the country
The Ram's Horn is a unique and valuable source of information and analysis of the whole food system and is published 11 times a year in British Columbia
Real Food for a Change is a Canadian book that will change the way you eat, buy and think about food. The authors write about food choices, consumer action, a sense of community and people and, naturally, organic food.
Organic Perspectives Newsletter: an on-line newsletter produced by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that includes reports on international news on organics; also lists upcoming conferences, trade shows, etc.
Seeds of Diversity Canada is a non-profit group that promotes conservation, preservation and enhancement of endangered seeds and plants and runs a seed exchange for members; it also runs an Organic Advocates-funded program, which researches and maintains heirloom varieties of garlic
Rare Breeds is a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to conserving, evaluating and promoting rare and endangered breeds of livestock and poultry
WWOOF Canada, also known as Willing Workers On Organic Farms, runs a volunteer program that matches eager farmers-in-learning or energetic travellers with small-scale organic farmers
Green Door Alliance is a charitable organization working to preserve farmlands and green space with a focus on Markham, Uxbridge and Pickering, Ontario
is an on-line international organic directory. The group's aim
is to help the organic industry by
Mothers & Others educate consumers about the benefits of sustainable farming to their health and the environment, and mobilize them to support farmers who are moving towards safer, sustainable production methods
Don't Panic Eat Organic: offers information on organics with numerous links to other sites
BioDemocracy Campaign/Organic Consumers Association is a public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association: has a listing of and links to community-shared agriculture (CSA) programs in Canada
Ecological Agriculture Projects: offers many on-line resources and services and has a good resource library
Rural Advancement Foundation International, based in Winnipeg, is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity and is concerned about the loss of genetic diversity.
Inforganics is a marketing and information services business dedicated to organic farmers and businesses that deal with organics in Canada and around the world
Organic Info: international information on the organic foods community with lots of worldwide links
Environmental Organization Webdirectory: lists environmental research sources and groups; includes a search engine
FoodShare Toronto works with communities to improve access to affordable, nutritious food; initiatives include an organic food box program and community gardens and kitchens
Chefs Collaborative 2000 is a non-profit membership organization of about 1,500 chefs across the United States that promotes sustainable cuisine by teaching children, supporting local farmers, educating each other and inspiring customers to choose good, clean food
Community Alliance with Family Farmers publishes the National Organic Directory, a resource guide that includes growers, wholesalers, retailers and organic businesses throughout North America
Students Promoting Organic Kinship with the Environment (S.P.O.K.E.) cycled from Vancouver Island to St. John's this summer educating Canadians about the benefits of organic food production. Their 70-day trip (from June 20-August 28) included cycling approximately 130 kilometres a day with events held in many communities across the country. S.P.O.K.E.'s website has a summary and detailed coverage of their trip.
Sustainable Farming Connection: good information on organic agriculture, particularly for farmers, with links to other organic organizations
Organic Farming Research Foundation: offers information on organic farming practices, frequently asked questions, survey results and a links page
Canadian Organic Advisory Board: details on the national organic standards and the site will include a listing of all of the organic certification bodies in Canada
Organic Crop Improvement Association International is one of the major international organic-certification bodies with approximately 30,000 certified members around the world
OCIA - Ontario is the Ontario chapter of the site above
OCPP/Pro-Cert Canada Inc. (OCPRO) is the union of Organic Crop Producers & Processors Inc. and Pro-Cert Organic Systems, organic certifiers in Canada.
Demeter Association (also know as Society For Biodynamic Farming and Gardening) is an international organic-certification body that fosters, encourages and improves biodynamic methods and practices by certifying growers, processors, and manufacturers of biodynamic food
Quality Assurance International is a private, professional service corporation developed specifically for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of food, fiber and other products which are organically grown
Organic Trade Association represents the organic industry in Canada, the United States and Mexico. OTA works to promote organic products in the marketplace and to protect the integrity of organic standards
International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) is a worldwide umbrella group with member organizations in approximately 100 countries
Village Market - Toronto Waldorf School (Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is an organic farmers' market with a natural foods cafe
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs: read what the provincial government has to say about organic agriculture and GE foods
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: read what the federal government has to say about organic agriculture and GE foods
Health Canada is the primary agency in assessing food safety in the country; it establishes food standards, evaluates the safety of pesticides, additives, etc. to food products, deals with the "Novel Food Guidelines" (which covers GE foods)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for all food safety inspection services, monitors labelling practices, certifies products for import and export trade, conducts lab testing, among other things
Greenpeace USA's True Food Network is an excellent source of information on GE foods including a consumer's shopping list of GE-free and GE-containing food products, fact sheets, campaign action kits and fun things such as e-mailable postcards, screensavers and stickers
Greenpeace Canada is running an extensive GE foods campaign. Greenpeace is an independent not-for-profit organization whose goal is to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity
The Council of Canadians is a national non-partisan citizens' watchdog organization that lobbies Members of Parliament, conducts research and runs national campaigns, which includes GE foods
GENEaction is a diverse group of citizens who wish to inform and inspire themselves and others to act on the issue of GE food.
Genetic Engineering and Its Dangers: lots of articles about GE foods (both scientific and ethical), collected at the San Francisco State University
Genetically Engineered Foods: this website, produced by the Natural Law Party, was selected by StudyWeb as one of the best sites for students and teachers on genetic engineering and features extensive information about the issue
Union of Concerned Scientists: offers information on genetic engineering and sustainable agriculture
Council for Responsible Genetics is a non-profit organization concerned with all aspects of biotechnology, including food safety
Genetic ID's tests allow the food industry to respond to consumer demand for non-genetically modified food, as well as give consumers a choice about the foods they eat
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, non-profit testing and information organization serving only consumers
Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) is an international non-governmental organization established in 1990 to help further a global movement of popular action against one of the world's most pervasive threats to world food and livelihood security: genetic erosion.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
is a group of gardeners, producers and suppliers of fine, open-pollinated
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