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 […]

Studying the benefits of grassfed livestock

The production system is linked to healthier meat, egg and dairy products By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff It’s unlikely that University of Toronto researcher Richard Bazinet will include on his resumé the fact that he had a whole room of farmers holding their noses during one of his presentations. But it was actually an effective […]

Costco works with farmers to increase organic food supply

OrganicBiz staff The Seattle Times is reporting that Costco has started investing in farmers to increase the supply of organic foods and keep pace with consumer demand. “While other retailers might have loan programs for suppliers to upgrade equipment or offer financial incentives such as advance payments or long-term contracts, helping farmers buy land to […]

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Chemical use accelerates past environmental change

Duke University – The increased use of synthetic chemicals, including pesticides and pharmaceuticals to attack unwanted organisms, has outpaced the rates of change in rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations and other agents of global environmental change over the past 45 years, a new Duke-led analysis reveals. Despite this trend, U.S. ecological journals, meetings and funding sources […]

Field in the crop is food on the plate

Organic Day panel talks specs and critical crop management for meeting buyer quality requirements By Lorraine Stevenson Organic Biz staff  Mike Gallais knows quality when he sees it, and he’s impressed with what organic growers deliver. “I can tell just by looking at the (organic) samples,” said the co-owner of Portage la Prairie based Best […]

Library of cowpea varieties offers food security

American Society of Agronomy – Tim Close has found himself, happily, stuck in a library. But it’s not your typical library with shelves and books. It’s a genetic library of cowpea varieties, also known as black-eyed peas. This genetic library tells us stories about the crop’s unique qualities. “Think of the books in a library’s […]

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Organic acreage in U.S. jumps 31 per cent

OrganicBiz staff New data released by the U.S. National Agricultural Statistics Service show certified organic crop and livestock production in the U.S. is expanding rapidly. A survey of USDA-accredited organic certifying agents shows the number of certified operations climbed 12 per cent to 14,861 between 2014 and 2015. Acres reported under organic production surged 31 […]

Telling consumers they’re wrong won’t win their trust

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor The organic sector must tread carefully or risk getting caught in the crossfire in the growing debate over social licence in agriculture, the president of the Canadian Organic Trade Association says. Dag Falck told the recent Organic Connections conference in Regina that while organic farmers are rarely targeted by consumers […]

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Opinion: The opportunity in organic

Brenda Tjaden Opinion Over the past couple of years, I have been developing and promoting new marketing tools to help farmers prove the concept of sustainability to consumers, and to use that to their advantage in pricing. Most recently, my efforts have targeted helping those transitioning into organic. I have always been honest and unbiased […]