B.C. organic beef producer pleads non-compliance

Sentencing is coming up next month for a major British Columbia organic beef producer that pled guilty to a federal charge over the provenance of some of its beef. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says sentencing will be delivered Oct. 27 on The Blue Goose Cattle Co., a North Vancouver company with ranch operations near […]

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Organic markets in full summer slowdown mode

By Phil Franz-Warkentin Glacier FarmMedia staff The summer doldrums have set in on the Canadian organic markets, with prices holding relatively steady and not much moving as sights settle in on the new crop. “It’s been relatively slow,” said Jason Charles of Minnesota-based Pipeline Foods, which also operates facilities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. “Farmers don’t […]

Organic pea-based ingredient processor gets federal backing

An Edmonton processor making a food-grade high-fibre sugar substitute from organic pea starch has picked up federal funding to speed its expansion in Alberta. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) last month announced a federal interest-free loan worth about $2.94 million for BioNeutra North America. The investment, WD said, will allow the company “to acquire equipment […]

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Feds back first-in-Canada organic hothouse radishes

By Dave Bedard Glacier FarmMedia staff A Quebec vegetable grower will be spotted over $625,000 toward what’s billed as a first-in-Canada plan to grow organic radishes year-round. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Aug. 13 announced $625,419 in repayable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) funding through the AgriInnovate program for Les Jardins A. Guerin et Fils, […]

Updated organic standards clear committee vote

By Dave Bedard Glacier FarmMedia staff The latest round of revisions for the Canadian Organic Standards has passed a key vote on its way to becoming federal regulation. Members of the Canadian General Standards Board’s (CGSB) technical committee on organic agriculture voted unanimously last month to approve the draft of the Canadian Organic Standards submitted […]