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Fungicides emerge as improbable villain against bees

Cornell University – When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. “Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been […]

New report highlights organic acres on Prairies

There are 1.4 million certified acres and 1,499 organic operations across the three Prairie provinces By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Western Canadian organic acreage appears to be stuck in neutral. Since 2014 the acreage has hovered around 1.4 million acres across the three Prairie provinces, according to Jill Guerra, research and special projects co-ordinator with […]

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Organic food continues to win market share

Alberta Farmer Express – The Canada Organic Trade Association marked National Organic Week in September by releasing new data that shows a “staggering” increase in the number of Canadians who are buying organic groceries every week. An online consumer research study done earlier this year found that organic food is on the weekly shopping list […]

Organic processing sector study underway

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The organic food-processing sector is on solid ground in Canada, according to a broad-based report showing most firms experiencing year-over-year growth in excess of 10 per cent. But that growth continues to create its own set of challenges, most significantly an ongoing shortage of raw ingredient supply. Sourcing ingredients remains […]

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 […]