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 […]

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 […]

Strip tillage, rowcovers for organic squash, melon production

American Society for Horticultural Science – Plasticulture systems, the use of polyethylene mulch on raised beds with drip irrigation, are common in the production of many cucurbit crops (vegetables from the melon, squash family) in the Northeastern US. Plasticulture systems have numerous benefits, but concerns about costs and the environmental impacts of plastic disposal, along […]

Fresh broccoli on a farm. Top view. Close-up

Cool-season vegetable rotation an effective, sustainable practice

American Society for Horticultural Science – Issues with weeds, insects, and disease make certified organic production of vegetables challenging in the southeastern United States. Maintaining and building soil organic carbon in midscale organic production systems can also be difficult due to the warm, moist conditions that promote decomposition. The authors of a new study in HortTechnology […]

Organic food approaching mainstream in France

Growing sales are being supported by a rapidly expanding supply chain Reuters/Paris – Organic food sales in France are set to rise by 20 per cent in 2016, the fastest pace in seven years, as farmers and retailers expand in the segment, an organic food group said Sept. 21. France, the European Union’s largest agricultural […]