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U.S. organic sales post new record in 2015

OrganicBiz staff The U.S. organic industry set new records in 2015 with total organic product sales rising 11 per cent to US$43.3 billion, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2016 Organic Industry Survey reports. The growth in organic sales far outstrips the three per cent annual growth in the overall food market. Despite all the challenges, […]

Hemp processors trying to attract organic product

By Robert Arnason OrganicBiz staff Canada’s hemp industry has a problem. Most consumers who buy hemp fall into the ‘health conscious’ category of shoppers, who are willing to pay a premium for foods loaded with protein and healthy oils. But those same people tend to consume organic foods and Western Canada doesn’t produce enough organic […]

Organic ideals swallowed by food giants

By Robin Booker OrganicBiz staff The organic food sector began as a fringe social movement in the 1960s, a far cry from the global market that today racks up more than US$70 billion in annual sales. Social movements are often appropriated and transformed into profit seeking markets, and when that happens, the movement’s original goals […]

USDA invites comments on new organic livestock regulations

By John Morriss OrganicBiz staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has invited comments on proposed changes to organic livestock and poultry production requirements. In a release, the USDA said the changes are intended to maintain confidence in organically labelled products, and are based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board […]

Landscapers benefit from organic land care extension program

American Society for Horticultural Science – A new study shows the impact of an organic lawn care training program designed for landscapers, including insights into landscapers’ attitudes, lessons learned, and challenges. The results also suggest ways in which extension professionals can bring value to organic land management programs. The article, which appeared in the February 2016 […]

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Organic methods now eligible for Alberta crop insurance

By Jade Markus OrganicBiz staff Alberta’s certified organic producers are now eligible for insurance that recognizes their practices, but that opportunity comes at a higher price. Organic Alberta has been working with Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) to create an insurance program that recognizes organic production. Organic producers had always been eligible for insurance, […]

Heirloom dry beans suitable for small-scale organic production

Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff U.S. researchers have conducted field trials of heirloom dry bean varieties to determine cultivars that perform best under organic management. “Heirloom cultivars, in particular ‘Jacob’s Cattle Gold’, ‘Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg’, ‘Peregion’, and ‘Tiger’s Eye’, are suitable for local organic production according to the yield and yield stability analyses we performed,” […]