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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 […]

U.S. offering internship for organic seed production

OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) have launched a new internship program designed to link wannabe organic seed producers with experienced seed farmers. According to the OSA website site, the program’s six-month internships are available that combine hands-on education, farm-based independent study, and classroom and […]

Organic conference draws a crowd

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The game of chess isn’t learned easily, requires forward thinking, and you have to like playing it. That’s why University of Manitoba plant scientist Martin Entz compares it to organic farming. “It takes a long time to learn to do this well,” he said during his opening address to last […]

New-crop organic premiums vary by crop

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Offshore competition is putting pressure on organic wheat prices, but premiums remain high for new-crop flax, oats and mustard, according to analysts and traders. Meanwhile, strong prices for conventional pulses may discourage growers from making the extra effort to produce organically. As new crop prices emerge, buyers are aggressively seeking […]