Cancelled Ontario Organic Certification | Pinewood farm WAS officially certified organic | Fort Frances Times Online

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Pinewood farm now officially certified organic

Wednesday, 26 October 2005 – 12:00am

Amos Brielmann has worked hard—and it’s paid off. Brielmann’s 8,000-acre Pine River Ranch in Pinewood, about 60 km west of Fort Frances, recently has been deemed certified organic by the Organic Crop Producers and Processors after nearly three years of completely following organic standards.

And this organic beef farm is the first—and only—of its kind in Rainy River District. “It’s quite an achievement because we had to turn the operation around,” Brielmann said last week, noting how much he learned in the process. “I had to find ways to deal with problems,” he remarked, citing just a few of the many organic regulations he has to follow, such as not using commercial fertilizer. Brielmann must go through complicated steps to compost the manure in order to get the nutrients back on his fields, which he added is better, considering he used to see the manure as waste. Instead, after about a 10-week process, the manure becomes like topsoil and is very valuable. Brielmann also must ensure the animals are not fed grain, used oil and batteries are kept away from water sources to ensure no contamination, no pressure-treated posts are used as fencing, and no additives are in the salt, just to name few. “There are so many things to worry about,” he said. “It’s a lot of work, but we’re sure we can keep it up.” For instance, Brielmann recounted how township crews would spray the brush near the roads by his farm. It didn’t really matter before, but now he must make sure all pesticides and chemicals are at least 28 feet away from his fields. And the cows only can eat hay and silage, instead of grain, because there’s always a possibility of the grain being chemically altered. That means Brielmann must plan ahead to make sure he has enough food for the cows because he can’t just go buy feed. But it is difficult to plan when it comes to the unpredictability of the weather. “So, I’m really restricted,” he remarked. “I have no flexibility.” Brielmann also must watch his cows closely to make sure they don’t get sick. “We will treat sick cows with antibiotics, so they don’t suffer, but I have to mark them right away and they can’t be part of the organic program,” he explained. Brielmann added the certifiers can check up on his farm at any time to ensure continuous compliance with the organic regulations. “They could pull my certification right there if I wasn’t following the regulations,” he stressed. Brielmann was introduced to certified organic farming by Bob and Moira Kerr, southern Ontario farmers who pride themselves on their organic beef. In fact, Brielmann raises cows and calves for the couple’s “Back to Nature” beef farm. Brielmann began to think about organic farming five years ago—and whether there are better ways to do things. “I was concerned about the things we use,” he said. “Just because it’s cheap food doesn’t mean it’s good food.” He also added he wants to take care of his farm and leave it in good shape when he retires. Aside from the problems he had to overcome, Brielmann acknowledged the amount of paperwork that had to be completed—not to mention the high costs that also came along with the changes. “The transition period is the worst,” he said, referring to the time between applying and becoming certified. “We were not allowed to use cheap, available resources outside the farming community. “On top of that, your product is still not certified.” With his new certification, Brielmann hopes he will be able to market his beef at a higher price this coming spring. The calves he has now are the first to be certified organic. “I feel I will have a better product and, in the end, a better profit, too,” he enthused. He also hopes to build more contacts with other farmers in southern Ontario, who would want to work with him. “People are looking for it. There’s definitely a demand for it in southern Ontario,” Brielmann said, noting these farmers are importing beef. “There’s not enough people producing [organic beef].” He said he’s been told organic beef has a better flavour and aroma, as well. “I looked for a market and then tried to produce a top-quality product that people want,” he explained, noting he’s been trying to encourage other district farmers to become organic, but that it is a lot of work. Brielmann will be traveling to Sudbury in December to speak to an organization that encourages farmers to get involved in organic farming. He said the organization believes Northwestern Ontario is a prime area for such operations.

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Dr. Maarten Bijleveld | Ottawa River Institute | Chair, IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

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Memo of TFSP to secretariat CBD – SBSTTA
In reaction to: New and emerging issue:  Impacts of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Biodiversity

In recognition of the fact that the rapidly growing global use of highly persistent systemic pesticides  – unprecedentedly toxic   to invertebrates (including pollinators) in particular – poses a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services, a number of independent scientists established a Task Force on Systemic Pesticides in 2009.

They aim to clearly describe ever increasing risks to ecosystems and biodiversity, to demonstrate the imbalance in present knowledge, to determine the consequences for public health, to look for alternatives, and inform the public at large. 

This Task Force now resides under the  IUCN Species Survival (SSC) and Ecosystem Management (CEM) Commissions. At present it numbers 49  experts and scientists from 15 countries in addition to a number of correspondents in others. Dr.Maarten Bijleveld van Lexmond, Neuchâtel, Switzerland , former Executive Officer of the IUCN Commission on Ecology, has been asked to be its Chairman, while Dr. J.P. van der Sluijs of the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, agreed to become  its Science Coordinator.

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Pesticides Can Kill (Reputations) [Editorial] | Today’s Garden Center

Carol Miller Nov 10/2014

In late October, Bell Nursery owner Gary Mangum showed a room of his peers a video he and a team of allies had created on the topic of neonicotinoids.

But first, he showed a video of a neonicotinoid protest at a local Home Depot. A group organized by Friends Of The Earth dressed in bee costumes to voice their concern about how neonicotinoids kill bees. In the video, a woman asked a guy pulling a wagon and wearing an elaborate costume (think a fuzzy, yellow and black fez with antennae and a bulbous, fuzzy torso) about what he was protesting. She wasn’t baiting him, just asking straight forward questions. He answered defensively, accusing her of working for Home Depot or a chemical company. She told him she didn’t, that she was just curious. He started on a rant filled with so many errors, it was obvious this guy was reacting emotionally to the call to protest without any real understanding of the issue.

And it turned out he was the spokesperson for the protest.

The second video is one Mangum, AmericanHort and other allies are putting together for the industry. It reviews the current scientific evidence of bee die-offs and the impact of pesticides in general and neonicotinoids specifically.

Something struck me as I watched those two videos. In the first, the protesters were full of passion. Yes, they looked silly in their bee costumes and the leader came off as an idiot, but they were all sincere. In the second, it was a series of fact-based scientific types discussing bee health, how neonicotinoids work and so on. Not a scrap of passion was evident.

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Ontario Bee Keepers Association|Task Force on Systemic Pesticides | Sierra Club and WWF are Credible Sources but Industry and PRMA is not | Class Action lawyers respond to Information by providing MisInformation |

This is insanity.  Ontario Bee Keepers Association and their Lawyers are trying to tell the public that the IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides and their international scientists are credible scientists regarding Neonicotinoids.  Soon they will have Gideon Forman presenting as a Toxicologist.  Ontario is the hub of Anti-Science and they actually sense and feel their way through tough decision making processes.  No logic needed

IUCN motto is  Act Beyond Trust!

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Specialists in New Risks within Environmental Science

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