Glyphosate-free labelling on the rise

By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff One Degree Organic Foods, as its name suggests, makes and sells organic foods. The British Columbia company manufactures organic bread, cereal, granola and other grain-based products. Since it’s organic, it’s likely the wheat, oats and other ingredients are produced without pesticides. But “likely” isn’t good enough for the owners […]

Regenerative agriculture gets closer scrutiny

By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff Regenerative agriculture had a big year in 2020. It received a tremendous amount of media attention and Cargill committed to increase regenerative ag practices to 10 million acres of North American farmland by 2030. But more attention usually means more scrutiny. Some scientists are now questioning the hype around […]

Regenerative ag centre planned for B.C.

A Vancouver firm has come up with an ambitious plan that it hopes will drastically slash global synthetic pesticide use. By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff The head of a Vancouver company has an ambitious but seemingly impossible goal. Karn Manhas, chief executive officer of Terramera, hopes to reduce “global synthetic pesticide load 80 percent […]

Quebec dominates growth in organic sector

Organic acreage in Quebec has increased 65 percent between 2017 and 2019, jumping to 570,000 acres from 314,000 By Robert Arnason Glacier FarmMedia staff The number of organic farmers and acreage may be flattening in Canada, but not in Quebec. Growth is off the charts in that province as it continues to add growers and […]

Bee-ing neighbourly helps more farmers

University of Minnesota – Many farmers are used to sharing big equipment–like tractors and other costly machinery — with neighboring farms. Sharing cuts costs, lowers the farmer’s debt load, and increases community wellbeing. But big machinery might not be the only opportunity for farmers to reap the benefits of cost-sharing with their neighbors. New research […]

Profit study yields trends for organic

By Ed White Glacier FarmMedia staff If organic farmers get 100 per cent premiums and keep their yield drag to one-third of conventional, they tend to be more profitable than conventional growers. That’s the conclusion of a Purdue University study analyzing the profitability of typical rotations in the United States Midwest over a 10-year period. […]

Organic products signage grocery aisle at supermarket

COVID-19 driving new surge in organic sales

Importance of organic continues to rise, as sales hit $55.1 billion in 2019, says Organic Trade Association By Glacier FarmMedia staff Importance of organic continues to rise, as sales hit $55.1 billion in 2019, says Organic Trade Association The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic this year — and its enormous impact on consumers’ everyday lives – has […]

Can regenerative agriculture products find a premium niche?

Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Brooks White of Pipestone, Man., needs no convincing about the biological value of regenerative agriculture. His fields of cover crops, annual stands grazed by bison, and adaptive pasture system speak for themselves of his commitment to this way of farming. And for that commitment he’s been rewarded — in the form of lower inputs, higher soil organic matter, more […]