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 […]

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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 […]

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Organic conditions boost flavonoids and antioxidant activity in onions

American Chemical Society – Five years ago, a highly publicized meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions […]

Quebec passes Saskatchewan in organic farms

Commodity News Service Canada – Saskatchewan has lost its position as the province in Canada with the most organic farms — to Quebec. According to Statistics Canada’s latest release from the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Quebec overtook Saskatchewan with 1,268 farms in 2016, compared to 879 in Saskatchewan. From 2011-16, the number of organic operations […]

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in ready-to-eat foods

American Society for Microbiology – Research presented at the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting by Bryan Sanchez of California State University-Northridge in Northridge, Calif., show that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are present in many ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce and dairy products and may serve as a source of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. About 2 million […]

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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 […]

Lessons from a small, organic farm

It is possible to be idealistic and make a profit By John Greig OrganicBiz staff When Brent Preston and his wife Gillian Flies moved to a small farm near Creemore, Ontario, they were idealistic Torontonians moving to the country to grow small-scale organic food. And for the first few years they tried to fit 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 […]