Organic Agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.

 

Organic Production is based on a system of farming that uses production methods that minimize the impact on the environment. The primary focus is to maintain a healthy soil and develop a balanced farm ecosystem that is environmentally sustainable.

 

Certified Organic means that a product has been produced in accordance with specific guidelines and organic standards, as established by a certifying agency.

 

British Columbia Certified Organic means that a product identified by this phrase and/or symbol was produced according to guidelines and standards established by the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. These government-approved standards and system of farm inspections form the basis of the British Columbia Certified Organic Program.

 

COABC (Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia) is an umbrella organization representing provincial organic certifying agencies and is designated under the Food Choice and Disclosure Act to implement the British Columbia Certified Organic Program.

As Program Administrator, COABC accredits organic certifying agencies across the province, which in turn certify individual producers that meet the production standards.