Canadian Organic Growers Conference – February 16, 2013

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.

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: 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.

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:


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