Slicing weeds down to size

Organic grain growers have been snapping up CombCut machines ‘like crazy‘ — but they’re also a way to control herbicide resistant weeds By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff  A new piece of machinery is helping crop growers control broadleaf weeds on their farms — especially on organic operations. “Organic growers are buying these CombCut machines like […]

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Organic tops conventional agriculture in the tropics

CNW – A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but produces more income for farmers than conventional methods. The 10-year study in Thika and Chuka was conducted with local partners since 2007. It contradicts the myth that organic needs more space to achieve similar yields. With input […]

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Might ancient wheat be the future of food?

Cell Press – Researchers believe untapped consumer markets exist for ancient foods such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt, which fed large swaths of the world’s population for thousands of years but disappeared almost completely during the rise of industrial farming and the green revolution. In an Opinion published June 27 in Trends in Plant Science, two […]

COTA report released on organic sector in Western Canada

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The number of certified organic primary producers and processors are steadily rising in Western Canada, according to a new report touted as the most in-depth analysis yet of the organic sector in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Growing Organic in the Prairies released in May by the Canadian Organic Trade Association […]

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U.S. government to cost share organic certification

OrganicBiz staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $11.6 million available to help wannabe organic growers in that country go through the certification process. “The organic market is booming, with more and more producers taking advantage of the economic opportunities it presents,” said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer said in a release. “The […]

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U.S. organic sales post new record in 2015

OrganicBiz staff The U.S. organic industry set new records in 2015 with total organic product sales rising 11 per cent to US$43.3 billion, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2016 Organic Industry Survey reports. The growth in organic sales far outstrips the three per cent annual growth in the overall food market. Despite all the challenges, […]

Hemp processors trying to attract organic product

By Robert Arnason OrganicBiz staff Canada’s hemp industry has a problem. Most consumers who buy hemp fall into the ‘health conscious’ category of shoppers, who are willing to pay a premium for foods loaded with protein and healthy oils. But those same people tend to consume organic foods and Western Canada doesn’t produce enough organic […]

Organic ideals swallowed by food giants

By Robin Booker OrganicBiz staff The organic food sector began as a fringe social movement in the 1960s, a far cry from the global market that today racks up more than US$70 billion in annual sales. Social movements are often appropriated and transformed into profit seeking markets, and when that happens, the movement’s original goals […]