USA/Canada - Organic trade agreement

A first-of-its-kind agreement has been reached between the U.S. and Canada that will expand opportunities for organic producers in both countries, announced Kathleen Merrigan, Agriculture Deputy Secretary. The "equivalency agreement" follows a review by both nations of each other's organic certification program and a determination that products meeting the standard in the U.S. can be sold as organic in Canada, and vice versa.
Thursday 18 June 2009 (9 years 3 months 5 days ago)
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A first-of-its-kind agreement has been reached between the U.S. and Canada that will expand opportunities for organic producers in both countries, announced Kathleen Merrigan, Agriculture Deputy Secretary. The "equivalency agreement" follows a review by both nations of each other's organic certification program and a determination that products meeting the standard in the U.S. can be sold as organic in Canada, and vice versa.

Canada is the largest U.S. trade partner and largest estimated export market for U.S. organic products. U.S.D.A.'s Foreign Agricultural Service office in Ottawa estimates more than 80% of Canada's organic consumption comes from imports, and approximately 75% of those imports come from the U.S. Organic produce and processed foods are estimated to make up the majority of U.S. organic products exported to Canada.

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