Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Running on empty? It’s time for a re-set

By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff It takes guts to be a farmer these days. “Farming is an extremely complex business to run, and it takes remarkable courage,” said author Rebecca Thistlethwaite, who farms in Oregon. “It demands an incredible well of passion, a willingness to learn, and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ to make it work.” But more and […]

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Demand exceeds supply for organic ingredients

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Demand for organic products has enjoyed double-digit growth in Canada over the past decade and demand continues to outstrip supply, a senior official with the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) says. “The numbers of organic growers has increased slightly in the past two years, but the growth of the production […]

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Expanded Canada-EU organic equivalency agreement to benefit sector

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff Canadian organic exporters may soon benefit from the European Union’s decision to expand the scope of its equivalency agreement with Canada to include organic food products that contain organic ingredients. The revised agreement announced March 7 means Canadian certified organic processed products that include imported ingredients will no longer require […]

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U.S. ag secretary calls for mandatory GMO label

OrganicBiz staff Legislation to avoid a patchwork of state laws on labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods should make such labels mandatory, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told farmers in New Orleans on March 4, 2016. Vilsack’s remarks at the Commodity Classic, a U.S. farmers’ trade show and multi-group convention, come as the U.S. Senate […]