Canada’s first certified organic logo will soon be hitting store shelves — much to the delight of one long-time Central Alberta farmer.
Jeannette Jones, co-owner of Lady Bug Organic Gardens and B&B near Blackfalds, can’t wait to have the logo applied to her produce which includes garlic and strawberries.
Having a logo for Canada is a big deal, Jones said.
“Number one, it’s going to protect the consumer,” she said. “They will know if we have that logo, we are certified organic and we are following CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) rules. . . I am very happy.”
The federal government revealed the new logo, which shows a Canadian maple leaf emerging from a green valley, on Wednesday. Ottawa reports the logo will give organics producers access to more markets. Consumers should also find more certified organic food products in stores.
“We’ll have to apply for this logo,” said Jones.
Canada’s first-ever regulations for the booming organic industry will come into effect on Tuesday. It sets out rigorous standards for the certification of products as organic by accredited certification bodies.
Products that meet productions requirements and contain at least 95 per cent organic content may be labelled as “organic” and feature the new Biologique Canada Organic logo.
Jones said these new rules are long overdue.
Organic producers had some say in these regulations, which will apply to domestic and imported products.
Jones is already certified through the Alberta Organic Producers Association. But now all certifying bodies across Canada will have the same rules, she said.
Consumers will be able to see if a product is Canadian-certified by going online at www.inspection.gc.ca
Jones has been an organic farmer for many years. At the farm where she and husband Wes have been for the last four years, no chemicals or fertilizers are used. By keeping their soil healthy, they worry little about pests.
Through the summer, Jones is constantly weeding.