Alberta organic industry hits new heights

By Jennifer Blair and Glenn Cheater Glacier FarmMedia staff A surge in the number of organic crop producers in Alberta has boosted organic production on the Prairies to a level not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. That’s a key highlight of a new report from the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, an alliance of Organic […]

Start the organic transition on a high note

A big part of going organic is getting things in shape before starting the transition. That’s according to Martin Entz, a professor and natural systems agriculture researcher at the University of Manitoba. Entz has spent years asking organic hopefuls to take a hard look at their management pre-transition and to take advantage of conventional tools […]

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Organic processing in Manitoba a bright spot

The numbers look slim, but experts say Manitoba’s modest processing increases in 2016 miss part of the story. By Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Manitoba had one more organic processor in 2016 than 2015, according to the last Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report, but provincial organics expert Laura Telford says the view might be more optimistic […]

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Organic acres up on the Prairies, farmer numbers stable

By Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Manitoba and Saskatchewan couldn’t match Alberta’s explosion of new organic producers in 2016, but local experts say their gains have been in acres, not farms. Alberta gained 82 certified producers (counting livestock operations) from 2015-16, according to the 2016 Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report. Saskatchewan and Manitoba, meanwhile, […]

Food handling on the farm

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz Editorial Director  Farm-to-fork eating is fashionable among consumers, but it puts more pressure on those producing and handling crops to keep contaminants out of the food system, the agronomy manager for Fresh Hemp Foods says. Darrell McElroy said recent media reports and product recalls after people were sickened by E.coli- contaminated […]

Who’s your organic demographic?

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor If asked to describe the ‘typical’ organic consumer, many would think of a West Coast hippie crunching on granola. Well, think again. It turns out the stereotypical organic customer is more likely to live in Alberta than British Columbia, and is a university educated 30-something male with a family, new […]

Once started, organic consumers hungry for more

Aarhus University – Once you’ve bought your first organic milk in the supermarket, you are highly likely to continue buying organic milk. With time, you are also likely to increase the number of different types of organic food products on your shopping list. This is the result of new research from Aarhus BSS in which […]