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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 […]

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Organic farming gaining street cred

By Karen Briere OrganicBiz staff Denis Brisebois liked the economic edge that organic farming could give him. So when he left a career in the oil patch three years ago and began farming near McCord, Sask., he decided to go that route. “In less than two years the shift has gone from ‘you’re one of […]

New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives

Cornell University – Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee’s own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the […]

Ontario organic survey looks at barriers to expansion

By John Greig OrganicBiz staff A large survey of Ontario organic and conventional farmers, processors and retailers shows that risk and concern about weeds and disease is the largest barrier to greater adoption by conventional farmers. The results of the survey were presented at the Organic Council of Ontario’s annual meeting in Guelph. The OCO […]

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Looking at the future of organic regulation

By John Greig OrganicBiz staff One of the largest frustrations for a certified organic farmer is seeing someone sell produce as organic without having gone through the rigours and costs of certification. Certified growers say it happens frequently in Ontario. There are national standards that restrict how the word “organic” can be used in marketing, […]

Organic agriculture part of the climate change solution

By Laura Rance Organic Biz editor Farmers have become accustomed in recent years to hearing about how agriculture contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which are widely believed to be a leading cause of global warming. Agriculture accounts for between 30 and 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions on the Prairies. One-third of that comes […]

Incentives urged to match organic supply to demand

Canada’s organic retail sales are growing faster than organic acres OrganicBiz staff Canadian governments will need to come up with incentives for farmers going organic if they want domestic supply to keep up with domestic demand, a national organic sector group warns. The Canada Organic Trade Association on March 1 released data showing 5,053 certified […]