Cover crop field day at Wood Mountain, Sask.

Upland Organics, located two miles east of Wood Mountain, Sask. is holding a field day July 5 featuring speakers and field demonstrations on how to use cover crops in conventional, organic and livestock operations. Speakers include Garry Richards of Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd. who will address the benefits and techniques of cover crops, […]

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 […]

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Acceptable organic substances altered

By Jennifer Paige OrganicBiz staff The new Canadian Organic Standards (COS) will give certified growers a clearer picture of what the can and cannot use on their fields. The new document is accompanied with a revised substance list that includes a new annex in order to be more user friendly, said Nicole Boudreau, coordinator with […]

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Running on empty? It’s time for a re-set

By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff It takes guts to be a farmer these days. “Farming is an extremely complex business to run, and it takes remarkable courage,” said author Rebecca Thistlethwaite, who farms in Oregon. “It demands an incredible well of passion, a willingness to learn, and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ to make it work.” But more and […]

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Demand exceeds supply for organic ingredients

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Demand for organic products has enjoyed double-digit growth in Canada over the past decade and demand continues to outstrip supply, a senior official with the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) says. “The numbers of organic growers has increased slightly in the past two years, but the growth of the production […]