Canadian Organic Growers Conference: Feb 2013

Cornfields are controversial when it comes to organic growing, with GM and “Roundup Ready” seeds playing havoc with nature.

You might want to mark your calendars for this conference coming up February 16th, run by the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers organization. This organization (COG) is a leader in sharing information between farmers, home gardeners and anyone interested the benefits of growing food organically, and sustainably.

COG’s membership is diverse and includes farmers, gardeners, processors, retailers, educators, policy-makers, and consumers. Not all COG members run certified organic operations, but they share a vision for a sustainable bioregionally-based organic food system. Our members believe that organic food production is the best choice for the health of consumers and producers, for the protection and enhancement of the environment, and for the sustainability of the food production system. In fact we believe that the survival of our country and even of the planet depends on it.

COG spreads the word about the benefits of organic through events, workshops, conferences and publications. Their quarterly magazine  has been running for more than 30 years, and is chock-full of info. A donation to the organization will get you an e-subscription, while a hard copy version is available for $18 plus HST. To spread their message of sustainable, organic growing, they also have an online lending library.

The COG Toronto Chapter is holding their one-day consumer conference on February 16th. Keynote speakers include Gilles-Eric Seralini, who will speak on the effects GM corn, glyphosate (Roundup herbicide), and safety issues of genetic food engineering. and Documentary film maker, Deborah Koons Garcia,  whose most recent film is Symphony of the Soil, which I can’t wait to see. From their website:

Hear about GMOs the smoking gun, the real story behind chicken and egg production, a first-hand account of organic food production in China, a pediatrician speaks out, what are the meals that heal, the organic farmer’s perspective, what is the future of organic, and more.

A $65 ticket to the conference includes an organic lunch. Sounds like a deal. (after Feb. 5, $85); COG members $55 . More info and to register: www.cogtoronto.org

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