Organic animal farms benefit bird species

University of Helsinki – The abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has decreased both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Attempts to rectify the situation have been made with the help of agri-environment-climate subsidies. They are granted to agricultural producers by the EU for implementing measures that are presumed to be beneficial to […]

Organic certification takes the next step

The Regenerative Organic Certified standard was created in the U.S. partly as a way to deal with tillage in organic farming By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff Regenerative Organic Certified is a mouthful and possibly a bit confusing. But the standard and its brand, an R and an O in a circle with an arrow […]

Organic grain initiative runs out of steam

Funding to continue a program designed to increase organic production has been turned down By Laura Rance Glacier FarmMedia editorial director Prairie organic groups are looking for alternative finances after learning government support for a program promoting expansion of organic grain production would not be renewed. The Prairie Organic Grains Initiative (POGI) received $1.2 million […]

Organic food worse for the climate

Chalmers University of Technology – Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required. This is the finding of a new international study involving Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, published in the journal Nature. The researchers developed a new method for assessing the climate impact […]

Living Soil film documents soil health movement

Supplied – The Soil Health Institute (SHI) has released a 60-minute documentary that captures the history – and significance – of the soil health movement. “Never have I seen, among farmers, such a broad quest for (soil health) knowledge as I’m seeing now,” says Barry Fisher, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service.  “And […]