Organic label doesn’t tell the full story

Purdue University – The label on organic, fair-trade coffee and clothing doesn’t always tell the full story. In some cases, companies are working behind the scenes to provide more than just higher earnings by helping marginalized farmers secure land and protect it from logging, mining and large-scale agriculture operations. This is true with organic coffee […]

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 […]

How soil bacteria and fungi drive plant diversity

American Association for the Advancement of Science – Two new studies shed light on how the composition of biota in soil drives plant diversity. The results highlight how the unseen bacterial and fungal organisms below ground influence the development of plants above, a relationship that remains poorly understood. In the first study, Jonathan Bennett et […]

New online course on organic seed available

By OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has teamed up with the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) to offer a seed internship program linking experienced organic seed producers with beginning farmers through a series of webinars. The new online course is available to anyone interested in learning how to grow organic seed. […]