ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Striking a balance - Philosophy, Principles and Outcomes of Organic vs. Market Development

Monday, November 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

Organic agriculture is grounded in the four principles of health, care, fairness and ecology and the Standards are intended to support these principles and achieve their outcomes and impacts that make organic stand out from other production systems.

In a world driven by consumer demand, are the organic principles being compromised to capture that demand? Are the Standards consistent with supporting and promoting organic principles as opposed to enabling businesses to capture the market?  

Four regional perspectives introduce an ongoing discussion throughout the conference about how we achieve the principles and expected outcomes of organic agriculture both locally and globally.  

The discussion will continue in the afternoon. Bring your thought provoking questions to foster conversation at 4:00 pm in the Nova Scotia Room.   

Nova Scotia Room

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Funding the Sector: Saving the Standards - Staking the Research - Supporting the Network

Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

Check-offs and contributions, lobbyists, or fees - what are the financial realities, large and small, that the organic sector is facing both nationally and in the Atlantic region, and how should they be funded? From the $1M required to cover the cost of the Canadian Organic Standards revision, to increasing conference fees, this is your opportunity to hear about some current strategies and to offer your ideas and suggestions.

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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National Sector Development in Organic Agriculture

Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   With Interpretation

Adam will discuss national organic sector development efforts in Canada. The presentation will provide a brief overview of key initiatives and activities impacting the organic sector in Canada including: the work of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable, Organic Trade Arrangements, Programs and Policies, Data Development, and Sector Analysis.  

All Levels
Nova Scotia Room

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Adam Cull discutera des efforts de développement du secteur biologique au Canada. La présentation donnera un bref aperçu des principales initiatives et activités ayant une incidence sur le secteur biologique au Canada, notamment le travail de la Table ronde sur la chaîne de valeur des produits biologiques, les accords commerciaux biologiques, les programmes et les politiques, le développement des données et l'analyse sectorielle.

Tous les niveaux
Nova Scotia Room

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