By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff If you think organic food is “hippie chow” or a fringe food fad that will pass, a read of The Changing Politics of Organic Food in North America might change your mind. Published in 2015 by Saskatchewan author Lisa F. Clark, it traces the rise of the organic agriculture and […]
Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff U.S. researchers have conducted field trials of heirloom dry bean varieties to determine cultivars that perform best under organic management. “Heirloom cultivars, in particular ‘Jacob’s Cattle Gold’, ‘Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg’, ‘Peregion’, and ‘Tiger’s Eye’, are suitable for local organic production according to the yield and yield stability analyses we performed,” […]
By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Organic vegetable prices present an appetizing offer to Canadian farmers, and an increased number of producers are looking to cash in, industry specialists say. “I’ve always said that growers will grow whatever, as long as there’s a good market and a good price,” said Laura Telford, organic sector development specialist […]
By Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff University of Manitoba – Cutting their input costs is one way organic farmers can increase profits. Those at the forefront hope to further reduce costs with organic no-till. A $100 per acre reduction in the cost of production in an organic farming system isn’t just a dream. It’s reality according to […]
By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Demand for organic products has enjoyed double-digit growth in Canada over the past decade and demand continues to outstrip supply, a senior official with the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) says. “The numbers of organic growers has increased slightly in the past two years, but the growth of the production […]
By Gary Martens OrganicBiz contributor More than 500 farmers, breeders, seed savers and seed companies attended the Organic Seed Alliance conference in Corvallis, Oregon, Feb. 5-6. The two-day event featured a keynote address from Cary Fowler, founder of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. He described his lifetime of seed saving mostly with the […]
High prices and the prospect of fewer input costs are attracting more farmers to organic farming in Manitoba.
By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff Organic agriculture can play a important role in feeding the world, according to a new study comparing conventional and organic farming systems’ ability to produce yields, benefit farmers’ bottom line, and sustain the environment. That’s the conclusion drawn by Washington State University (WSU) researchers after a review of 40 years […]