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Grassland management without the loss of species

Technical University of Munich – The intensive management of grasslands is bad for biodiversity. However, a study by the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has brought a ray of hope: If different forms of management are optimally distributed within a region, this can lead to higher yields without the […]

Milkweed, native plants key to restoring monarch butterfly numbers

U.S. Geological Survey – Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with milkweed sowers from all sectors of society being critically needed for success. In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arizona and partners, scientists developed potential scenarios for incorporating […]

Corn prices in Ontario rise with domestic demand

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff The effects of organic fraud in the US are being felt by Ontario’s corn prices, while speculation about how crops will fare this year is adding an element of uncertainty. Organic corn prices moved higher in the wake of organic fraud revelations in the US, said Andrew St. Jean of […]

Field tests show sustained neonicotinoid exposure negatively affects bees

American Association for the Advancement of Science – In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers in Europe and Canada have affirmed what’s been hypothesized about neonicotinoids — that prolonged exposure to these insecticides negatively affects bees. Their results reveal that local environment and species influence the impact of these widely used […]

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Organic conditions boost flavonoids and antioxidant activity in onions

American Chemical Society – Five years ago, a highly publicized meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions […]

Quebec passes Saskatchewan in organic farms

Commodity News Service Canada – Saskatchewan has lost its position as the province in Canada with the most organic farms — to Quebec. According to Statistics Canada’s latest release from the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Quebec overtook Saskatchewan with 1,268 farms in 2016, compared to 879 in Saskatchewan. From 2011-16, the number of organic operations […]