Heritage and ancient grain project feeds a growing demand

Cornell University – After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback. Restaurants and bakeries that promote organic and local agriculture have sprouted up across the country in the last decade, meeting a rising consumer demand for tasty and nutritious […]

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USDA needs to crack down on bogus organics

A July 3 editorial from Agweek, published in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
 U.S. commercial agriculture produces more food than American consumers can consume. We want to send our surplus to the world — frozen chicken, edible beans, soybeans. Conversely, we want agricultural imports. In the Upper Great Plains of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana, we […]

Organic groups call for Ontario regulations

A nationwide study examines governments’ organic policy frameworks John Greig OrganicBiz staff A look at organic regulation across the country by the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) shows a hodge-podge of support, despite national standards in existence for eight years. In a report released Monday, COTA called out Ontario, the largest market by far for […]

Guelph to move to organic ag certificate in 2018

OrganicBiz staff Undergraduate students at the University of Guelph will be able to pursue a new certificate in organic agriculture, starting in the fall of 2018. The university, home to the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), recently announced that after consultation with students, it has replaced the organic agriculture major of its bachelor of science in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in ready-to-eat foods

American Society for Microbiology – Research presented at the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting by Bryan Sanchez of California State University-Northridge in Northridge, Calif., show that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are present in many ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce and dairy products and may serve as a source of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. About 2 million […]

Fresh bio-waste and compost in the garden with white roses

Cold-loving bacteria makes organic fertilizer, renewable energy

Concordia University – Researchers from Concordia’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) in collaboration with Bio-Terre Systems Inc. are taking the fight against global warming to colder climes. Their weapon of choice? Cold-loving bacteria. In a study published in Process Safety and Environmental Protection, authors Rajinikanth Rajagopal, David Bellavance and Mohammad Saifur Rahaman […]

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What’s holding back organic growth in Saskatchewan?

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Michael Gertler wants to know why there aren’t more organic producers in Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan sociologist, along with colleagues JoAnn Jaffe from the University of Regina and Mary Beckie at the University of Alberta, has questions about restructuring in the farm sector, particularly what could be inhibiting growth […]